Kindhood Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun
We missed you, and we welcome your days of sun and fun with open arms!
But as we all know, sunburns are decidedly NOT fun.
At Kindhood, we have the scoop on how to protect yourself from the sun so that you remember the games and laughter . . . not the burns.
If you are human and six months are older, sunscreen is a must-have for all skin tones.
The sun is at its most potent from 10 AM - 2 PM, so stay out of the sun during these peak hours if at all possible. But for the rest of the time, or if that's the only free time you have, then you'll want to make sure your sunscreen is effective!
Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure, so that means before you get in the car on the way to the beach, at your last gas station stop before the beach, or in the pre-pool frenzy. Then re-apply every two hours, or more often if playing in the water.
Sunscreen Cheat Sheet
To navigate the insane amount of options you have, here is a handy, interactive checklist of the sunscreen criteria recommended by the FDA:
Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes!
Can I use sunscreen on my infant?
The sensitive skin of infants is more likely to have an adverse reaction to sunscreens than that of an adult, so the FDA does not recommend using sunscreen for them.
For infants, avoid taking them into direct sunlight, particularly during the peak sunshine hours of 10 AM - 2 PM. When you do take them outside, take the following precautions:
You should also provide your older kids with sun covers to wear when out of the water or when cooling down with a sweet treat.
Kindhood ponchos and infant towels are made with the UV resistant material, since bamboo cuts out 97.5% of harmful UV rays. Plus they are lightweight and breezy, keeping your little ones cool and moving, even on hot beach days.
Learn more about them in our article on Kindhood Ponchos 101.
Read the labels carefully when choosing sunglasses for yourself and for your kids.
This is the one time you WANT to see "not a toy" on a gift for your kids!
Toy sunglasses often do not have UV protection for the lenses, so don't assume they do just because they are dark-tinted or look normal. Read the labels and find the sunglasses with a "UV400" or "100% UV" protection rating.
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