21 Jul Sun Safety Tips for Summer
Pools come with gallons of fun, entertainment, and responsibility. More time spent out in the pool, means more time in the sun, which means a greater risk of sun damage. With skin cancer being the most prominent form of cancer in the United States, it’s essential to take the necessary steps to protect you and your family. These sun safety tips will help keep you protected while having fun in the sun!
Identify Who Is Most At Risk In Your Family
Everyone is susceptible to sun damage, but some people have a higher sensitivity to it’s effects putting them at a higher risk for skin cancer. You may be more at risk if you have:
- A family history of skin cancer
- A personal history of skin cancer
- Naturally red hair
- Light colored eyes eyes
- Skin with a lot of freckles, that burns easily, reddens easily, or is painful in the sun
- A history of multiple and/or severe sun burns
- Fair/pale skin
- Lots of exposure to the sun daily like during work or play
Babies and small children are also highly sensitive to the sun and should be covered/protected as much as possible.
How To Protect Yourself And Your Family From The Sun
- This is an obvious one: wear SPF, 50 or higher preferably (don’t forget the ears!)
- Wear breathable protective clothing
- Keep in the shade as much as possible, like during intense periods of sun (mid day)
- Wear hats and sunglasses that cover large areas of your face and that protect from UVB & UVA
How To Make Sunscreen Most Effective
- Apply sunscreen liberally (not a thin layer)
- Reapply every 2 hours and after sweating or getting wet
- Discard old, ineffective bottles of sunscreen (after 1-2 years)
- Apply sunscreen 15-20 before sun exposure
- Always choose a full spectrum sunscreen which protects from UVA/UVB
- Don’t apply on wet skin
It can take up to around 12 hours to notice whether or not the sun has done it’s damage, but damage can happen in as little as 15 minutes. Waiting until you feel like you’re starting to burn isn’t the best idea. Here at Warren Pools, we hope these sun safety tips can help you prepare with the right sun protection and make it a routine to protect you and your family!
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