Spring Has Sprung: It’s Time to Remember Sun Safety!

April 8, 2021

By Dr. Deborah Schwartz, Chester Pediatrics

Spring has sprung, which means we will be spending more time outside. While we soak up the rays, it is very important to remember your sun safety!

•          Wear clothes with a tight weave (items may be labeled with Ultraviolet Protection Factor)

•          Wear a hat with a three-inch brim to cover your face, ears, and neck

•          Limit exposure between 10 am and 4 pm when the UV rays are the strongest

•          Wear sunglasses with 99% UV protection

•          Use sunscreen (and do not forget to reapply)

•          Keep babies under 6 months of age out of direct sun exposure

The best choice of sunscreen is those that are both PABA and chemical-free. The ONLY ingredients should be ZINC OXIDE and TITANIUM OXIDE. They are inert mineral substances that are hypoallergenic and should not irritate eyes. Anytime that you are using a new brand, we suggest that you apply it to a small area of skin to check for an allergic reaction.

The following brand’s manufacture products that contain these active ingredients:

Badger

Bare Republic

Banana Boat Baby

Blue Lizard

Botanical

CeraVe

Coppertone Pure and Simple

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin

Mustela

Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense

REN Clean screen

Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder (great for your scalp)

Sun Bum

Use enough sunscreen to cover all exposed areas

Put sunscreen on 30 minutes before going outside

Use sunscreen even on cloudy days.

No sunscreen is completely waterproof. We suggest reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating or drying off with a towel

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