As much as we love to spend time in the sun, with our son’s sensitive skin post radiation we have to take extra precautions 🧢☀️⛱
It’s also not just about applying any type of sunscreen. You want to make sure what is being applied to your skin, especially that of your child’s, is safe and non-toxic since it will be absorbed through the skin.
Ways to reduce the risk of sunburn, skin aging from sun and most importantly skin cancer:
☀️Make sure to always evenly apply sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes prior to sun exposure.
☀️ When shopping for a sunscreen opt for ones that are water resistant, have SPF of 30 or higher and are “broad spectrum”, which means the product has ingredients that can protect you from UVA, as well as UVB rays.
☀️ Most dermatologists will say you do not need SPF greater than 30-50. Very high SPFs often create a false sense of security. People who use them tend to stay out in the sun much longer and may skip reapplying simply because they think they are better protected. Which in turn puts them at risk for more UV exposure, which, of course, then defeats the purpose.
☀️Reapply according to package instructions (at least every 2 hours)
☀️Regularly use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF (exposure to UV rays during winter put you at the same risk as during the summer).🏖
☀️Wear sunglasses (this applies to children as well) They help protect your eyes from UV radiation!
☀️Wear added protection with wide brim hats (If you’ve lost your hair due to chemo, make sure to wear a hat out in the sun to protect your scalp. For added protection still apply sunscreen), pants or long sleeve shirts when possible 👖🧢🕶 Keep any surgical scars covered from the sun (If you cannot cover with a hat or clothes, once they are completely healed, you can apply sunscreen over them.)
☀️Limit time directly in the sun when possible from 10am-2pm (when UV rays are at their strongest)
☀️If you are unsure how strong the sun’s rays are, use the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s rays are at its strongest!
☀️Some prescribed medications, especially chemo and radiation, make you at higher risk to develop sunburn (make sure to take extra precautions as the skin will absorb more UV rays under these conditions. Always carry sunscreen on-the-go.)
California Baby has this perfect “Fun In The Sun Essentials” organic tote bag for your outdoor fun with your kiddos! It includes
1.8oz Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Super Sensitive Sunscreen Lotion,
2oz Natural Bug Blend Bug Spray,
0.5oz Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Super Sensitive Sunscreen Stick,
0.5oz California Kids Supersensitive Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen Lotion,
California Baby® Designer Sunglasses and a make-up sponge to assist with a smooth and even sunscreen application.
Their mineral sunscreen goes on very light and blends well. A small amount goes a long way!