How to Have a Sun-Safe Summer

Summer is here! With the arrival of this fun-filled season, it’s important to practice sun safety every time you head out to the pool, lake, ocean, or just to have fun outside! Most summertime activities take place during peak sun radiation times, so using these tips when you’re spending time outside will help you to protect yourself and your family from sun damage. Of course, sunscreen is super important every day, not just on the days when you’ll be outside, so don’t forget to stay stocked up with our handy bulk sizes!

Cover Up

One of the easiest ways to enjoy extended time outdoors without worrying about a sunburn is to cover up. Thankfully, rash guards, wide-brimmed hats, and sun shirts are becoming more and more popular for both kids and adults. While sunscreen will protect you from sunburn and sun damage, adding another layer of sun protection will protect you even more. Rash guards and sun shirts are great choices for kids who might forget to reapply sunscreen after one too many cannonballs in the pool, and many are available with UPF protection. If you’re heading outside, choose a hat with at least a 2-inch brim to make sure your ears are covered in addition to your neck and forehead, and a sun shirt for yourself to add an extra layer between you and the sun’s rays. Also, if you plan to watch your kids play outside while enjoying a book from your summer reading list, find some shade or a beach umbrella to stay covered.

Sunscreen

Of course, sunscreen is absolutely vital when you head outside for a day in the sun. Make sure you have plenty to go around, because each compete application recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology is one ounce. If you have three kiddos and will need to be reapplying sunscreen to them and yourself during the day, you’ll need about six to eight ounces for the day. Luckily, we have a handy six ounce bottle that can be easily refilled with our quart size or gallon size bulk sizes. You can also keep a handy two ounce carabiner clip nearby for quick touch ups. If your child gets five or more sunburns before age 20, it increases their risk of developing basal or squamous cell carcinoma by 68 percent, and their risk of melanoma by 80 percent. The risk is never worth it, so make sure you have sunscreen on hand at all times when you’re outside.

Treat Sunburns Correctly

If you or a member of your family does happen to get a sunscreen, it’s important to treat the burn correctly. Make sure that you:

-Drink extra water to help your skin stay hydrated

-Use unscented lotion or aloe vera to soothe the burned skin

-Don’t do physical activity or anything to raise your body temperature

-Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help with the pain

-Leave any blisters that form alone

-Stay out of the sun until your skin heals

-Take cool showers or baths

See a doctor if the sunburn is over a large part of the body and is blistering, you feel chills or fever, blisters become infected, or you become woozy or confused.

Summer time is wonderful season full of adventure, memories, and fun activities. Sun protection and sunburn prevention is super easy with Rocky Mountain Sunscreen’s bulk sizes bulk sizes

 

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