Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Sun and Your Child

According to an article n Working Mother magazine, June/Jul 2010 issue, sun exposure isn't just harmful to grown-ups skin. Too much sun during childhood is also a risk factor for adult skin cancer. So before your kids learns first hand about sunburn this summer, send them online for facts about solar rays and skin safety.

The American Academy of Dermatology's new interactive website offers 8 to 12-year-old engaging advice on proper skin care and encourages these sunblock strategies:

1. Wear sunscreen. Make sure it has an SPF of at least 30 and broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

2. Don't forget the ears. Put on a hat and sunglasses when heading outside on a sunny day.

3. Seek shade. Especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.

4. Beware of tanning beds. They can also harm skin. If your teen wants a summer glow, suggest self-tanners.


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