How to Prevent Sunburn

It’s easy to dismiss occasional sunburn as an occasional side effect of summertime, but they are actually quite serious. A sunburn can cause long-lasting damage to a person’s skin. Children are more vulnerable to sunburn than adults because they are outside a great deal of the time. They spend even more time outside if you have a swimming pool in your yard. Infants are even more susceptible than children because their skin is so tender. Sunburn, even in childhood, can lead to skin cancer down the road. That’s why it’s important to prevent sunburn.

applying-sunscreenWhen people spend time around the pool, they need to have adequate sun protection. It’s a good idea to provide supplies for your family and visitors. There are many different options you can provide to reduce the risk of sunburn.

Obviously, sunscreen is an important tool in reducing the risk of sunburn. The type of sunscreen you use is important. It should have an SPF of at least 30 and should protect against two kinds of radiation: UVA and UVB. If you, your children or visitors have very fair skin, sunscreen with a higher SPF should be available. People should apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before they are in the sun. Reapplying sunscreen every half hour is important to prevent sunburn. If people get in the pool, they’ll need to put more on after they dry themselves. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on lips or use lip balms that have SPFs of at least 15.

There are other ways to avoid sunburn. One key strategy is to stay out of the sun. This doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all the time. Many people put tables with umbrellas around the swimming pool. These provide shade so that people can relax outside of the sun while still enjoying the outdoors. Some homes have decks that are covered so that people can eat outdoors and sit outside without risking sunburn. It’s a good idea to have other shade tools like extra umbrellas, hats and shirts to protect people from the sun.

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