1. Seek Shade: The sun’s harmful Ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. Some studies have shown that the small amount of sun exposure that kids get at recess is enough to predispose them to skin cancer later in life. Don’t live indoors, though—activity is essential for the mental and physical well-being of the whole family! Instead, during summer play seek out parks or playgrounds with shaded areas for maximum protection.
Green Tip: Help the environment and your skin by planting trees with your family; for city dwellers, get involved in community planting projects!
2. Wear Shades: It is never too early to pick up a pair of stylin’ shades for your tot. In the long run, UV light can damage the eyes causing vision problems or even cataracts—a perfect excuse to seek out fashion forward baby swag!
3. Sun Savvy Style: A standard white, cotton t-shirt worn during everyday play does not provide adequate protection from the sun. Stealth UV rays creep right through the material and hit the skin. Make sure to choose bright, darker shirt colors when putting summer outfits together.
4. Eat Right: Getting a daily dose of foods rich in antioxidants not only helps to arm against sun damage and aging, it also helps to protect against skin cancer later in life. Fruits and veggies that fit the bill? Kiwi, mulberries, blueberries, blackberries, prunes, pomegranate, pink grapefruit, red grapes, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, beets, and red bell pepper.
5. Don’t Slide During the Ride: Ultraviolet light easily shines through car windows. Make sure to place UV blocking shields on the back seat glass. This will help protect your little ones from intense sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer later in life.
6. Find Your Inner Zen Zone: Research shows that tanning booths can be addicting, making this a hard habit to break. To de-stress, be fit, and look great, focus energies on other endorphin releasing exercises such as yoga, pilates, Zumba, or spinning. In the long run, you will preserve the integrity of your skin, slow the aging process, and get the same natural high.
7. Channel Your Inner Activist: Contact local politicians and sign petitions to restrict tanning bed use. As of January 2012, minors under the age of 18 have been banned from indoor tanning in California, and New York State is requiring in-person signed parental consent for would-be tanners between the ages of 14 and 18. Raise public awareness and save lives.
8. Protect Yourself With Knowledge: The most important way to remain healthy is to know the facts. There are many misconceptions about sun protection—here are just a few:
Knowledge is power!
~ Dr. Mona Gohara
Mona Gohara, MD, is a board‐certified dermatologist and the co-founder of k&j sunprotective clothing. After finishing her internship at the New York University Medical Center, she went on to complete her Residency in Dermatology at Yale University, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Gohara is currently a partner in a practice in Danbury, Connecticut and holds a faculty appointment at Yale where she continues to see patients and teaches residents/medical students. Dr. Gohara spends time educating the public on skin cancer, skin cancer in people of color, and sun protection.
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
When there’s still spring snow and grey days, sun protection isn’t always top of mind. But summer isn’t the only time you are at risk of sun damage. Everyday exposure can add up over a lifetime, so even if you are not packing up for the beach it’s great to make sunscreen use a daily habit. And, just in time for spring break, you can grab Honest’s new and improved sunscreen before you hit the road.
Our updated formula offers the same great benefits of the original, but only better! The natural, petrochemical-free mineral sunscreen provides 30 SPF (UVA & UVB) protection for the entire family. It’s even safe for babies under six months because our ONLY active sunscreen ingredient is non-nano zinc oxide. This means it protects against harmful rays by sitting on the outermost layer of your skin without getting absorbed through your pores and into your bloodstream, unlike conventional chemical sunscreens. And did we mention that it’s non-greasy, non-whitening, and water-resistant?
To make sure you always have (safe) fun in the sun, don’t forget to:
1. Wear your Honest sunscreen whenever you are outdoors—walking, biking, swimming, playing at the park, gardening, enjoying sports…rain or shine!
2. Put it on even when you are indoors! UVA rays penetrate through windows and some clothing. So even if you are not outside or worried about burning, protect against aging by using sunscreen all day long.
3. Apply liberally over exposed skin, especially those easily forgotten areas like ears, hands, feet, backs of the knees, and your scalp! Put it on 15 minutes before sun exposure for maximum effectiveness.
4. Reapply at least every 2 hours, after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel drying.
5. Limit exposure! In addition to using a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or higher, consider covering up with hats, long-sleeve shirts, pants, and sunglasses. And seek shade during the sun’s strongest hours of 10 am to 2 pm.
When and where do you like to use your Honest sunscreen?