The weather is cooling and fall is officially just around the corner (Monday, to be exact). Even as we say good-bye to the sunny days of summer, we still need to remain mindful of sun protection.
This is especially true now that kids are back at school. After all, they spend a bulk of the day there — often times during midday hours when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one bad sunburn in childhood doubles the risk of skin cancer later in life. Damage from exposure to UV rays builds up over time, so the CDC suggests sun protection starts at an early age.
That includes encouraging sun-safety at school. In addition to having kids seek shade when possible and drink plenty of water, they should also wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen while outside.
Sun-protective clothing also provides peace of mind for parents. UV Skinz hats and hoodies are ideal for sun protection at school this fall. The lightweight hoodies are practical when the weather gets a little cooler, but it’s still not quite cold enough for a jacket. Throw on the hood for UPF 50+ head and neck coverage.
But perhaps most important is education. Talk with your children about the importance of making sun-safety a habit. And remember to be a good role model by practicing sun safety yourself.