Creative Child June 2016 - Page 31

Fear not, though, if you’re worried about the dangers of UV ray exposure. We’ve got you covered--pun intended--with these 5 sun safety tips and our top picks for outdoor gear to keep your little ones having fun in the sun! 1. The sun is strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you plan to be out during these peak hours, apply and reapply sunscreen liberally, at least every 2 hours to all exposed skin. For children with thin hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp, as well. 2. The SPF label on your sunscreen bottle stands for “Sun Protection Factor”. For children, an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended. 3. Always reapply sunscreen after swimming, sweating, and toweling off. 4. Stay in the shade! Outdoor activity doesn’t always lend itself to lounging under a big tree or awning, but when possible find a place to get away from the sun. 5. For clothing and accessories, widebrimmed hats, UV ray-blocking sunglasses, and dark, tightly woven clothing is recommended for optima