The hours of 10 AM to 4 PM are the hours that you are most likely to burn. If you are near water, remember that water reflects the sun and you can burn more easily. Also, surprisingly if it is overcast but still bright, you can also burn.
Choose sunscreens with SPFs of 15 or higher, make sure to apply at least every 2 hours and slather it on. Most people use too little rather than too much. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc or titanium as their active ingredients. These give good UV ray protection and are fairly nontoxic.
Suntan lotions are NOT sunscreen and do not protect against UV rays.
Source: Personal experience and Watoxics.org
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Here's a good article about the best sunscreens available right now from the Environmental Working Group: http://cosmeticsdatabase.com/special/sunscreens2008/
Moms and Dads, Grandparents,
When you see the cost of sun protection clothing, you may feel that it's out of your price range, please think that over carefully. What price can you attach to SEVERE PAIN? I took my grandchildren to the lake Memorial Day weekend and out of the eight kids and two adults, one of the kids got a severe second degree burn over 17% of her body!! The fun was on a Friday, the horror began that night and my granddaughter's blisters were still popping out to the size of golf balls on Tuesday!!! She just barely missed being put into the hospital and it was because the Pediatrician knew me well, knew that I would take fantastic care of the child and that the child would be compliant with everything that we had to do to get her well again.
I never want to see another child suffer with a sunburn like that again, the pain was horrendous and required an adult dose of very strong pain medication to give the child any ease. Financially I spent over $500.00 on medicine and Dr. bills (no health insurance.) Thankfully the child is fine now, but extremely careful in the sun.
Our entire family and everyone we can warn are more careful now and yes, we all went out and purchased sun protective swim wear for everyone. We decided to cut out everything we possibly could for a while to be able to pay for the clothes but I know it's worth it.
So from now on our top two rules at the pool and lake, etc. are:
1. Don't let anyone drown.
2. Sunscreen often, let it dry before getting back into the
water. Use a brand that you KNOW works. (You cannot
undo the sun damage once it's done and you probably won't
see how red someone is until the next day and beyond.)
3. Keep everyone hydrated.
PLEASE do not let yourself or anyone that you know get sunburned.
1) Read the labeling; make sure the product protects you from UVA and UVB.
2) Afterwards, apply Vinegar to areas that were exposed to the elements.. If there is a very slight reactive sensation, it is because the vinegar is trying to repair the skin damage, but the 'sunburn' will react with a cooling sensation. The vinegar odor will only be temporary (~5 minutes) but the skin will be much 'happier' :)
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