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Sun Safety Tips for the 4th of July

by kelly / July, 4 2018 01:30

Photo of a couple by the beach, lady is running with the American flag while the man is biking in front of her with the American flag as a cape

Happy 4th everyone! If you’re heading to the beach or to a BBQ today make sure you’re staying safe in that hot sun. Here’s a quick refresher to stay protected this holiday so that the only fireworks you’re watching are in the sky and not on your skin.

Wear Sunscreen

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen or SPF product with at least an SPF 15 or higher (according to the Skin Cancer Foundation). Make sure you apply 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply at least every 2 hours (and more frequently if you are swimming or sweating).

Apply enough – the Skin Cancer Foundation recommendation is 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body.

Seek Shade

If you’re going to be outside all day on the 4th – try and seek shade (think beach umbrella or under some trees) during the peak sun hours from 10AM to 4PM.

Cover Up

Bring along a hat, sunglasses, and some clothes for added protection.

Keep Newborns Out of the Sun

The US Food & Drug Administration and Skin Cancer Foundation recommend keeping infants under the age of 6 months out of the sun.

For babies over 6 months make sure you follow the tips above. Also consider using a mineral only sunscreen, which can be more sensitive for gentle skin.

Sun Protection Tips

Have a great day today and enjoy all the fireworks, food, fun, and family & friends. Just practice good sun safety at the same time. For even more sun protection tips check out our Suncare Smarts blog series.

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