Happy August Guys!
Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've been experiencing extremely hot weather for the last few weeks. We've been hovering around the upper 90s here in Northern Virginia. So it's only fitting that I take a moment to talk about it.
My family and I have been enjoying the many warm weather activities where we live which includes a visit to our community pool every other day. During these activities it's been imperative for me to be sure that I keep myself and my family safe from the harmful rays of the sun. More and more research is coming out about the extremely harmful effects of sun exposure to skin of all complexions. It was once believed by some that darker complexions were safer from the sun than their lighter counterparts. But it's now understood that the sun is dangerous to all if not properly protected.
For me it's a very big deal as sun exposure is known to have very adverse effects on people suffering with Lupus. So for me it's more of a life and well-being issue.
Here's a list of the top 5 things I do every time we go out to ensure my family's sun safety:
1. USE SUNSCREEN- Be sure the highest broad spectrum sunscreen possible is applied to everyone who will be exposed to the sun. Even babies. I use Neutrogena Wet Skin and Wet Skin Kids. This summer is my first time using these products and I mainly purchased them because they were on sale and they are specially formulated for use in water. Which is our favorite summer activity. Overall I'm fairly satisfied with them and will likely purchase again
2. USE A HAT- Try to use wide brim hats especially for babies and kids
3. LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE- Try to find shade at the pool or bring your own to the park/beach. Avoid direct sun exposure for longer than 30 mins at a time. Take frequent breaks in the shade if possible
4. HYDRATE- Be sure to have plenty of water and other liquids available for everyone on hand. Don't be fooled that you can't get dehydrated while swimming. Because you can.
5. BE SMART- If you or anyone with you begins to look or feel differently while enjoying the sun, pay close attention and seek help if needed.
Hope these tips helped.
ENJOY THE SUN!
This post contains links for products that I personally use and wanted to share with you. I was not compensated by this company or any of it's affiliates for doing so. As with anything check with your doctor or pediatrician before use if you have any questions about this or any other skin product.
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