(StatePoint) For families – and for everyone else – skin protection should be a priority for the summer. After all, there is no shortage of summer skin problems that you will want to avoid.
From protecting the skin from the sun to insects that repel disease, here are some tips that will help you and your family enjoy a safer and more comfortable summer.
Sun protection: do it well
When it comes to sun protection, it is important to understand and follow the guidelines on solar safety. Less than half of mothers (48 percent) knew the correct amount of sunscreen to apply to the face and body while in the pool, at the lake or on the beach, according to a survey commissioned by Sun Care NO-AD on sun protection. The correct amount of sunscreen to apply – or reapplied – is at least 2 tablespoons. Even more alarming, most respondents (54%) believe that the right time to apply sunscreen is as soon as they start to feel their skin burn.
Experts say parents should apply broad-spectrum sunscreen to themselves and children 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun to give them time to bind to their skin and then reapply at least every two hours or after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating and immediately after drying the towels. Unfortunately, 17% of mothers were unaware of the fact that after a first slip of the sunscreen, it was necessary to reapply it after a prolonged exposure.
Besides the application, the type of sun protection you use is also important. Fortunately, there are high value quality products, which means you don't need to skimp on the amount applied or on the reapplication. For example, NO-AD has been protecting families for generations at an affordable price per ounce. And for those who want to avoid additional perfumes, parabens, alcohol, retinyl palmitate, BPA and dyes, try trying NO-AD Naturals Clear Mineral Formula SPF 50, which has been developed with active ingredients of natural origin such as titanium dioxide and Zinc oxide, offers broad-spectrum UVA / UVB protection and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. Oxybenzone- and Octinoxate-free – both chemicals considered harmful to coral reefs – this is also a good choice for eco-conscious. Parents take note: the line, which offers great value, also brings pediatrician versions for children and babies.
Other sun safety habits include limiting time to the sun, especially between 10 am and 2 pm and wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.
Summer without bites
Summer days are full of outdoor fun in courtyards, parks, baseball diamonds and more. And every time you and your children are outdoors, you are at risk of insect bites. Unfortunately, a bite can carry risks beyond discomfort. Mosquitoes can carry Zika, West Nile, dengue fever and Chikungunya viruses.
Consider the rationalization of skin protection with a combination of two in one such as BullFrog Mosquito Coast SPF 50 Continuous sun spray + Insect repellent, free of DEET, Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, a good choice when you want to pack light or send children to the field or to sports with a simple sunscreen and an insect repellent solution.
You can also avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and baggy pants, especially when hiking and keeping your garden free of any standing water.
Knowing the facts, it is best to keep the bites, burns and other perils of summer skin at bay.
Photo courtesy of famveldman / stock.Adobe.com Knowing the facts, it is best to keep the bites, burns and other pitfalls of summer skin at bay.