Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sun Smarts

Now that I am a parent, I am very thankful to have had a mom who would literally chase me around with sunscreen when I was little. Looking back, I know that it was likely very frustrating to tackle that task on a daily basis. But she did it religiously... and that was in the 70's when people were still slathering on baby oil and baking themselves!

As a result, I send my daughter off to daycare coated with sunscreen so she is ready for morning playtime outside. Luckily for me, my daycare providers recoat her before they go out in the afternoons. If not for the sunscreen, I would be picking up a little red lobster or she would just have to stay inside since she inherited my fair skin tone. Neither of those alternative are options I want to consider.

I saw this article on Modern Mom that has some great tips for keeping kids as protected as possible while still letting them have summertime fun!

I clicked through to the Skin Foundation website mentioned in that article as well and was very glad to know that our rash guards and wetsuits exceed their recommendation of a UPF rating of 30 or higher. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor is a measure of how much UV will reach your skin so the higher, the better. A UPF of 30 means that 1/30th of the UV will get to your skin.

Are their other pieces that you wish we carried that had a UPF rating? We have these terrific options for the beach and pool, but if we offered everyday clothing with a UFP rating, would you be interested in purchasing it for your child?

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