Sun Care and Protection

Sun care and protection is very important as previous studies have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas, the most deadly form of skin cancer. It is estimated that 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun damage occurs before the age of 18, a significant portion of which occurs during peak sun hours and in the summer.

As parents, are you effectively protecting your children from the harmful rays of the sun?

The following are some tips on how you can protect yourself from harmful sun rays:

  • Do not sunbathe 
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the peak hours for harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation
  • When outdoors, use sunscreens rated SPF 15 or higher. Apply them liberally, uniformly, and frequently
  • When exposed to sunlight, wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, broad-brimmed hats, and UV-protective sunglasses
  • Stay away from artificial tanning devices
  • Teach your children these habits at an early age: The damage that leads to adult skin cancers starts in childhood.

To emphasize the importance of sun protection, the following information demonstrates the danger of the sun's UV rays :

  • The sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation can penetrate many types of clothes 
  • It can also go through automobile and residential windows 
  • It can damage your eyes, contributing to cataracts, macular degeneration, and eyelid cancers 
  • When you're on snow or ice, your face and eyes are at almost twice the risk of UV damage because of reflected glare     

To combat these hidden dangers, there are now many types of products which provide sun protection.

Sun Care Products

The following are some examples of useful protective items:

  • UV- protective automobile window film 
  • UV-protective residential window film 
  • UV-blocking face mask 
  • sun care / UV protection clothing 
  • laundry product that can be added to detergent to increase UV protection in clothing 
  • sunglasses & accessories that protect against UV and high-energy visible light 
  • and many more

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