It’s spring break season! We’re all excited about taking a break from our normal routines, and of course, our kids are just as excited to have a break from class for a few days. Since many families are making preparations for upcoming trips, we know it can become quite the process to ensure everyone has plenty of clean clothes, swim suits or ski gear. In all the excitement, though, make sure sun essentials make it into your bags wherever your travels are taking you! No one wants to spend spring vacation nursing a sun burn.
To make sure your family is safe from dangerous UV rays on your trip, here are some sun essentials you don’t want to forget:
Whenever you’re out in the sun, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends covering as much skin as possible. Also pay attention to your choice of clothing as not all fabrics are created equal — some provide higher levels of UV protection than others. For instance, dry clothing in dark colors made from tightly woven fabrics protects your skin better than wet, loosely woven clothing in light colors. Clothing that features a UPF value (15 to 50+) is even designed to absorb UV rays.
A broad spectrum sunscreen will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. For everyday use, look for at least SPF 15. For extended time in the sun, use SPF 30 or higher. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying 1 ounce, or 2 tablespoons, to any skin not covered by clothing at least 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply your children’s sunscreen every two hours if they are playing sports or swimming. It’s important to keep in mind that sweat and water may wash away sunscreen.
For the best protection for you eyes, ears, nose, forehead and scalp, the American Cancer Foundation advises wearing a hat with a 2- to 3-inch brim all around. A dark underside to the brim reduces the amount of UV rays reaching your face from reflective surfaces. Some people — especially kids — may prefer a shade cap or baseball cap with a bandana beneath to protect their necks.
Too much exposure to UV rays can increase the risk of issues like cataracts and macular degeneration, and of course, cause painful sunburn of the eyes. Start protecting your children’s eyes from a young age and use the Skin Cancer Foundation’s guidelines to help you find the right pair. Look for the following characteristics when purchasing sunglasses:
- Between 99 and 100 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays
- Impact-resistant, scratch-proof lenses
- Bendable, unbreakable frames
You can find all of the above features in any pair of shades from Real Kids. Shop our website today to find the sunglasses your kids need for spring and summer vacations!