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Sunscreens and Sunblock – The Importance of Using the Right One

While it is great to get outside and exercise, you should not forget the sun block. The suns rays can be dangerous, and to much sun exposure can lead to serious help problems. To prevent damage from the sun, be sure to apply the proper sunscreen. This is especially important for your young kids that do not think to protect their own skin from the sun.

When deciding on your sun screen, take into account what type of activity you will be participating in, and choose accordingly. Remember there are sunscreen lotions that are better for kids and softer on sensitive skin. Let me educate you about what sunscreen is and how it works.

What is Sunscreen?
Sunscreen is a chemical agent that helps to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “SPF is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin.” In other words, if it takes your skin twenty minutes to start turning red in the sun, a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 should prevent the skin for 15 times longer. The higher the SPF number the more protection the product offers. While this sounds like great protection, the Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends reapplying sunscreen every two hours to ensure maximum protection.

It is recommended that everyone over the age of six months use sunscreen daily, but especially if you are going outdoors for a long period of time, for instance on a run or swim. Certain sunscreen products are made with specific activities in mind. For example, there are waterproof sunscreen products made to be used by those who will be swimming. There are also products that are made to be “sweat proof”, and ones made especially for athletes. Even though these products claim to have added protection, always reapply frequently. Pick up sensitive sunscreen for your young children ages 6 months to 2 years. Many children have extremely sensitive skin and using an adult or athletic sunscreen can cause skin irritation. Also keep in mind that children like to touch their eyes and mouths, and most sunscreens will greatly irritate their eyes if they rub them when they have sunscreen on them.

Taking the steps to improve your physical fitness is wonderful, but you also have to take care of your body as a whole, and using sunscreen helps to do that. So, grab the sunscreen before you head out into the sun, with your kids or to exercise.

About the Author:
Kerri has made it a life goal to teach mothers and fathers how to raise their children in a healthy way. She feels childhood health can be improved with education and action. If you are concerned about working out in the hot sun Kerri suggests trying an indoor at home workout. A fantastic workout for mothers is the Chalean Extreme Workout, and a great workout for fathers is the Insanity Workout By Shaun T.

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