Splish, splash, you're taking a UV bath! Fun in the sun can have scary repercussions if preventative measures are not taken every day. Fortunately, there are some stylish and fun ways to protect your family.
Dr. Marisha Chilcott is a Board Certified Family Physician in Santa Rosa, CA at Morpheus Medical Aesthetics and with the Annadel Medical Group. She points out an often overlooked preventative tip-wear sunscreen on your lips! "Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.*. Every one of those lesions require some sort of surgical removal that will inevitably cause a scar. The most disfiguring of these are on or near the lips. This is why we need to be wearing and re-applying not only sunscreen daily, but also UV-blocking lip protection!
When shopping for sunscreens and lip products, it is not just the SPF rating that matters, but also the ingredients in those products that provides the protection. Specifically, there are only two ingredients that create a physical block to preventing cells from DNA-damaging UVA and UVB radiation: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Go get a lip balm or other form of lip protection with one or both of these elements and make it a habit to wear it all of the time!" (Dr. Marisha Chilcott)
To protect the rest of your skin, consider sunwear that is fun to wear! UV Skinz has a catalog full of dresses, casual wear, shirts, hats and shorts for every member of the family that are stylish and offer a UPF rating of 50+ which blocks out over 98% of the sun. Sunscreen is important, but often it is not used correctly or causes reactions to those sensitive to chemicals or with skin allergies. Your best bet is to double up on your protection with UV protective clothing as well as sunscreen.
Add an extra layer of shade whenever possible for babies sensitive skin. Bring a small tent for fun in the sun on land and use a baby float with a canopy in the water. The reflection of water adds to the impact of the UV rays on the skin. SwimWays offers a Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy that has a low center of gravity for safety and includes an adjustable and removable canopy for added shade.
*Rogers, HW, Weinstock, MA, Harris, AR, et al. Incidence estimate of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the United States, 2006. Arch Dermatol 2010; 146(3):283-287