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Sun Protection Facts - Truth vs. Myth
"We've found if you teach kids early on to protect their skin, they'll continue as they get older," says Adelaide Hebert, MD, director of pediatric dermatology at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
Protecting your skin isn't JUST about using natural sunscreen, although it does help! There are so many things in this world that can affect our skin. The sun, what we eat and how much water we drink are just some of the factors that can affect our bodies.
Parents, help your kids browse around our healthy habits page and learn more about what you can do to start forming healthy habits!
Sun Protection Facts:
Myth: There is no real difference in how UVA and UVB rays affect skin.
Myth: Everyone knows how to put on sunscreen.
Myth: Sunscreens protect all day.
Myth: Skin cancer is so rare my chances of getting it are almost impossible.
Myth: Some sunscreens are waterproof or sweat proof.
Myth: Sunscreen can provide total sun block.
Myth: Sunscreen is all you need to stay safe.
Myth: All sunscreens block some UVA.
Myth: An SPF 60+ provides double the protection of an SPF 30.
Myth: When using aerosol sunscreens, you can easily cover your body without missing a spot, therefore effectively protecting your skin.
Thank you to askmen.com for the above information.
The Correct Way to Apply Sunscreen:
What is the right way to apply sunscreen?
How much should you apply?
Should the zinc in our product remain white on your skin like those lifeguards' noses of the 80’s?
Well we’re going to answer that last question first with a big, NO! No one, especially not kids, likes to be all white and sticky on the beach! SkinCareBaby's sunscreen will not have you and your family looking like Frosty the Snowman & Co. in the middle of the summer. Our mineral sunscreen has micro particles of zinc which have been found to be safe and efficient in protecting your skin, without leaving that sticky white residue. So when you apply our sunscreen, rub it in all the way because you don’t have to see the minerals sitting on your skin to still have the full protection. This is why we LOVE our minerals!
Now that we have that settled, we’ll move on to how much you should apply each time. If you’re getting ready for the day, adults should use about 1 ounce of sunscreen for your entire body (think shot glass). For kids, you should use an adult’s handful worth of sunscreen. This is before you get dressed for the day.
Throughout the day, reapply standard sunscreen every 80 minutes (this is really if you are outside for most of the day). If you’re swimming and not wearing a water resistant protection, reapply every time you get out of the water. However, if you are wearing water resistant sunscreen, protection is retained for 80 minutes when swimming or sweating. You should only need a couple of handfuls to cover all of your exposed skin.
Contrary to chemical sunscreen, our sunscreen is mineral based so protection is immediate. If you are using a chemical sunscreen you will want to put it on 20 minutes before you go out into the sun.
What’s the difference? Our sunscreen is mineral based which means it sits on top of the skin for a physical protection. Chemical sunscreen must be absorbed into the skin before it works.
We hope this helps and please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
Exactly How Much Sunscreen?
Use the “rule of 9’s”. If you think of your body as being split up into 11 sections and each section equals 9% of your body surface area you should apply at least TWO fingers worth of sunscreen onto each section. That means the length and width’s worth of two fingers for each of your 11 sections to be fully protected for your day in the sun.
We took the following chart directly from the University of Washington’s page to show you exactly how this is divided up!
Have a wonderful, sunny day!
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