How you Can Make Teaching Children About Sun Protection Fun

Posted: April 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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It would have been extremely advantageous to us if we had learned about Sun protection while we were younger. Due to the awareness now about how damaging UV rays are, and knowing how much exposure we had while we were children to the Sun, we are constantly worrying about diseases like melanoma.

Back in the day we loved the idea of having a tan. However, today we know any tan is a sign of skin damage. Skin cancer and premature aging comes from this skin damage over a period of years typically starting in childhood. The best way to keep skin youthful and prevent skin cancer is to start protecting your skin from harmful UV rays when you are young. This is why it is crucial to teach children about the dangers of UV rays and too much Sun exposure. You can teach children the following methods about what happens if you spend too much time in the Sun.

Emulation – A big part of child development is the imitation of parents, teachers and older siblings. One of the easiest (and least confrontational) ways to teach a young child sun protection is to have these important people in a child’s life dress and act as if they are protecting themselves.

1. When outdoors have everyone wear sun protective clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

2. Be sure to head for the shade when possible.

3. Talk about sun protection. Make being sun safe as common place as looking both ways before crossing the street.

Peer Pressure – Be sure to talk about sun protection with other parents, camp councilors, schools administrators, etc. Together you can see that everybody is participating in minimizing their UV exposure. When making sun precautions “all the rage”, it’s hard to forget or argue.

If possible, get the “leader of the pack” or popular kids to wear sun protective clothing and a sun hat. That should really help you get the ball rolling.

Fun -Here are some ideas for making sun safety fun:

1. Small children love rhymes. When the sun is high overhead, point to the ground and say “Short shadow, seek shade” and have fun racing to the nearest shaded area.

2. Let kids pick their own sun protective outfits. Some of the new designs are colorful and feel fun to wear.

3. Put out paint, fabric cut in fun shapes, and other materials that could decorate a hat, and have your child “design” their own sun hat … maybe even hats for the whole family. You may even what to have a hat painting party and get everybody into it.

Easy – Putting on sunscreen can be a chore unless you are using the Kinesys Sun Protection products. Even if you apply easy to use sunscreen, be sure to wear clothing made of sun protective fabric as well.


Five Tips on Protecting Your Hair from UV Rays

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Feeling the warmth of sunshine in your hair feels nice. However, if you’re not careful and you don’t protect your head when you go out under the sun, you are more than likely to damage your hair.

Your skin and eyes are not the only things that UV rays can damage. Everytime you overexpose your hair to the Sun, you also risk exposure to ultraviolet radiation. UV rays can penetrate the protective cuticle layer of your individual hair strands and therefore damage their cortex. Whenever your hair’s cortex is damaged, your strands become weak and their elasticity is lost. Eventually, they become dull and dry as well as prone to breakage. Not to mention, the colors can also fade.

Regardless of how much you love the sunshine, it’s extremely important that you protect your hair from possible damage from UV ray exposure. Below listed are some steps on how to do that.

1. Be Sure to Always use sun shielding hair care products. The fact of the matter is, if you spend a lot of time out of doors, you must use hair care products designed to protect your hair against the harmful effects of sunlight. These products will prevent UV rays from penetrating the cuticle layers of your strands. Be sure to always choose hair care products that have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 25 to get the most protection for your hair.

2. Always condition your hair first before going out. Conditioners that are left on are supposed to coat each and every strand of hair. The coating will reflect UV rays away from your head and prevent these rays from penetrating the cuticle layer. Not to mention, they also replenish the moisture and nutrients your locks are bound to lose when you’re out under the sun.

3. Make sure you avoid going out when the sun is too hot. You should really stay indoors when the sun is hottest. When the sun is at its hottest is when the UV rays are at their strongest. If you really must go out, you should at least cover your head by wearing a hat or a scarf.

4. Make sure you wash your hair with clarifying shampoo. The one drawback that using SPF-rich leave-on conditioners have is they tend to build up on the hair and scalp. To get rid of that product buildup and to maintain the volume and fluffiness of your hair, try to wash your locks with clarifying shampoo once a week. You can also use apple cider vinegar diluted with water as that will help quite a bit.

5. Be sure to deep condition your hair. Aside from your daily conditioner and conditioner that you leave on, you should make a habit of deep conditioning your hair at least once a week. Deep conditioners will feed your scalp and hair roots with protein, Vitamin E and antioxidants to keep them healthy. If you have a healthy scalp, your hair will grow naturally soft, shiny and beautiful.

As said, sunshine feels great on your hair. However, as you know, too much of a good thing can be bad for you. Too much sunlight is definitely bad for the hair, but with proper care, you can enjoy sunshine on your tresses without damaging your hair!


The Causes of Wrinkling Due to Sun Exposure

Posted: April 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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Did you know that wrinkles from sun exposure around the eye area is very common? Listed below are common causes of them on a cellular or molecular level. By the way, a similar cellular process can lead to the formation of a skin cancer. That being said, it is exposure to radiation that causes that.

Sun UV Rays

Scientists use the term radiation to describe energy travelling through space, and UV rays of sunlight are a form.

Exposure to radiation in large doses can cause poisoning, and the symptoms  include nausea and vomiting. If you are exposed to small doses over a long period of time, it  causes other health complications.

No one can predict how or when the symptoms will appear. Due to that, the health problems caused by exposure to small amounts of radiation over a long period of time can affect people in different ways. Some could end up with skin cancer, or other forms of cancer, others could develop other health disorders.  It’s important to use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen that helps to moisturize the skin.

People who work in areas that expose them to high levels of radiation such as X-ray technicians must wear tags monitoring their exposure levels. When levels become too high, they may have to choose a different field or else their health will be at risk.

What happens in the cell when UV rays hit them?

Inside of the skin’s cells are molecules which are known as free radicals. They react to many environmental factors such as the radiation from the sun.

UV rays stimulate the free radicals, causing them to search for an electron to replace the one they are missing. During their search, they may steal electrons from the cell’s protective membrane or from its DNA strands. As a result, damage starts to happen.

However, some of the damage is repaired and this leads to wrinkles from sun exposure. DNA mutations or changes caused by free radicals can eventually lead to the formation of a skin cancer cell. Look for a sunscreen with topical antioxidants (Vitamin E or C).


Beware of Dehydration While Out in the Heat

Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SPORTS, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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When you are out during prolonged periods in the Sun, exposure to UV Rays is not the only danger. Spending too much time in the heat can cause dehydration. Dehydration is one of the heat related illness caused by the loss of water and salts from the body of a person. Children mostly become victim of such heat illness and it is fact that once a child get affected by the dehydration, regaining health is extremely difficult. Here is some effective knowledge for you by whom you can protect your body as well as your family from the problem of dehydration.

A wide range of diseases and states that impair water homeostasis in the body can cause dehydration. Some of them include diarrhea, vomiting, yellow fever, excessive sweating, prolonged exposure to dry air and sun, physical activity without consuming any fluids or water, and malnutrition.

We all must be aware of the symptoms and signs of dehydration which are:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Headache or nausea
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth and dry skin
  • Reduced amount of urine production that is usually dark yellow. In severe condition there may be no urine output at all.
  • Flushed face with sunken eyes
  • Absence of tears while crying
  • Lack of sweating
  • In most severe cases, delirium or unconsciousness.

From such signs, we can easily identify the disease. But we should also be aware of the preventive measures of such illness which are for you as-

  • Drink at least 8 ounce glasses of fluid everyday during summer.
  • Avoid dark colored clothes and wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages.
  • Sport athletes should drink sports drinks as they are flavored and are high in sodium.
  • Drink before, during and after strenuous activity to replace the loss of fluid through sweat.
  • Protect your skin with sun block and stay in cool and shaded areas. Use an umbrella every time you walk out in the hot sun.

How to Cure Dehydration

You can treat dehydration by drinking lot of fluids that will retain the water level in the body.

The children may be cured by using an oral dehydration solution such as pedialyte, WHO-ORS for children who have diarrhea, vomiting and fever. You can even make your own oral rehydration solution by mixing a half teaspoon salt, a half teaspoon baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 liter of filtered drinking water. Make sure the measurements are apt as the excess or less may be harmful or less effective respectively.

For adults the best dehydration treatment is intake of more water. Avoid fruit juices, sodas and beverages that contain caffeine.

The use of carbonated drinks to get relief from such hot condition may prove harmful for your health. It is mostly seen that most of us prefer different drinks which are black in color (which clarifies that it is carbonated) for getting rid from such exhausted condition which is really harmful for the human health. We also should avoid drinks with caffeine. However, severe dehydration should be treated by the expert doctors as the severity may even lead to death. In such cases the essential fluids are passed through vein and not orally.

Be careful while out in the heat, and be sure to stay hydrated!


UV Radiation Does Not Only Come From the Sun

Posted: March 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Most people realize how important it is to protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. However, only a few people understand how UV rays threaten their health in other ways that they would not have even thought of. UV radiation that is very harmful can also reach us by being reflected or scattered up from lower surfaces and cause damage to our eyes and skin.

The fact of the matter is that UV radiation travels in a straight line from the sun to the earth. Any living being will absorb these rays, while a number of surfaces reflect them such as snow, sand, and water. Most people were taught to stay out of the sun in order to protect ourselves from skin cancer, premature aging and sunburn. However, many do not realize how important it is to protect against the reflective rays of the sun, which are almost as strong rays that are direct. For instance, white paint can reflect as much as over 20% of a full dose of sun, and dry beach sand reflects over 15% and snow can reflect the Sun’s rays up to nearly 90%!

Below listed are some examples where reflective rays may be causing you damage, and you may not even realize it.

– Standing next to a car

– Snow skiing

– Sitting under an umbrella

– Deep sea fishing, even under a Bimini

The truth is, even wearing a wide brim sun hat does not protect you from rogue UV radiation. Random rays of sunlight can strike your face and neck from below the brim of the hat when reflecting off of lower surfaces.

Because children’s skin is thinner and more sensitive, they are in even more danger. In fact, babies under six months old should not be in direct sunlight at all, so be aware of reflected radiation when you position your baby’s stroller. Keeping reflective rays in mind will help you go far in protecting your young ones from sun related problems in the future.

Being conscious of the wily nature of UV rays is important for enjoying your time outdoors and still keeping you and your family sun safe. The reminder again to stay safe is to wear sun protective clothing, a wide brim sun hat, sunscreen and 100% UV protective sunglasses. When sun protective clothing is not practical, such as over the face, apply broad spectrum sunscreen. With these simple rules in mind you can enjoy the outdoors and your health and safety at the same time


Sunglasses Are Fashionable and Protective

Posted: March 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Sunglasses are trendy and fashionable, and they come in different styles and are liked by everyone. The increasing popularity of sunglasses is due to various reasons. Some of those reasons are listed below:

UV rays – The fact of the matter is that eye problems are increasing all over the world. Many doctors blame UV rays for increasing eye problems. Exposure to UV rays can cause various eye diseases like cataracts, skin cancer and skin irritation.

Protection of eye lids – The rays of the sun are also harmful for the surrounding areas of eyes like eye lids. The fragile tissues that surround the eyelids can suffer from melanoma due to UV radiations.

Eyes are important and good quality sunglasses are essential for its care. Every person in this world is at risk from UV rays. The only way to protect your eyesight from the harmful effects of UV rays is sunglasses.

Sunglasses definitely help you to protect your eyesight, but it can also be used as a fashion accessory. Many types of sunglasses are available in the market and that too in multiple designs. You can go for sunglasses with metallic frame if you want stability and durability in your sunglasses. Sunglasses with aluminum frames are light in weight and are also non-corrosive in nature. They are generally used by famous designers in high-end designs.

After choosing a frame for your sunglasses, you need to decide the tint for your sunglasses. Different colors for tints display different effects of light. Many people prefer black and gray tints for their sunglasses because they effectively reduce brightness without affecting the colors as they appear. Yellow color tints are considered more effective in reducing the glare but they cause much color distortion.

If you want to save all the headaches of choosing the perfect sunglasses then you can easily go for those sunglasses which are appropriate for all shapes and faces. Buying sunglasses is not an easy task. You need to keep various factors in mind. The best choice for most of the people can be to go for aluminum frame sunglasses with black tint. It is the safest bet that one can do in case of sunglasses if you are not willing to spend a lot of time on choosing one.


The Main Reason Using Sun Protection on a Cruise to Alaska or Antarctica is Essential

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
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You may have an urge to take an Alaskan cruise in July, or to take a cruise to Antarctica in January because of the fact that those areas are filled with so much beauty and mystery. The first idea you may have while preparing for a trip to either of those places is bundling up because they are quite far away from the Sun, and are  very cold. That is true, you need to dress appropriately in order to keep warm if you plan on taking a cruise to either place.  However, one thing you must never forget to take on those cruises is sunscreen!  You are probably wondering why that would be necessary to do since those regions are far away from the equator and tropics. The truth is, just because Alaska and Antarctica are far away from areas where the Sun directly hits does not mean you are any safer from the Sun’s harmful UV rays than you would be in a sunny area. 
 
In fact, the Sun’s UV rays are even more dangerous because there are holes in the ozone layer in the stratosphere specifically in those regions. When the ozone layer is extremely thin, the UV rays coming through are even stronger and more harmful. 
 
The normal, healthy ozone layer blocks about 90-99 percent of the harmful ultraviolet-B, or UV-B, radiation from reaching the ground. Other types of ultraviolet rays routinely penetrate the ozone layer, but, luckily, those rays are not harmful to us. The job of the ozone layer as well is to block out other harmful radiation and prevents it from reaching the earth’s surface. However, as previously mentioned, in those specific regions the ozone layer is not healthy, and as a result, more harmful UV rays and radiation from the Sun come through. 
 
If you do end up deciding to take a cruise to either place, make sure you do everything you can to not only stay warm but to stay safe from the Sun’s UV rays penetrating through the holes in the ozone layer. Protect yourself, and bring plenty of sunscreen. Enjoy the beauty and stay healthy.


6 Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Posted: February 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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Did you forget to wear your sunscreen while spending a lot of time outdoors? Did you forget to wear your hat, extra clothing to protect your skin and sunglasses to protect your eyes? Are you now sunburned as a result? It’s time to ease the pain and repair your skin! Take these helpful tips on board and you’ll be on your way to being more comfortable.

Be Sure to Soothe your Skin
You will want to apply aloe vera gel to your skin. It will not only create a cooling and soothing sensation, but it will also help reduce the damage that is done to your skin. Aloe vera is a great healing substance, anti-inflammatory agent, and anti-bacterial agent, all of which will help treat your sunburn.

Always Loosen up
Do you find that your clothing is irritating your burn even more? Then wear loose fitting clothing so as to avoid irritating your skin further. Who would want tight clothes rubbing against a fresh burn? A floaty skirt or baggy tee will fall away from your body and give you some relief from the pain.

Be Sure to Not go back to the sun
Going back into the sun will simply intensify your burn. Try to stay inside or, at the very least, wear clothing that shields your skin from the sun. And very important, always, always wear your sunscreen.

Ibuprofen Will Help You
Plenty of people think ibuprofen is just for headaches, but it can relieve all kinds of pain. Take some if your burn is feeling especially uncomfortable. You will not only feel the difference, but you’ll see a reduction in swelling that may accompany the burn.

Stay Hydrated
When you’re sunburned, you are especially prone to dehydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Carry a water bottle around with you so you are able to rehydrate at any time.

Remember that Cool is key
Cooling your body is the key to pain relief. Take a cool bath or apply cool compresses to your skin. Avoid using ice, as it can traumatize the skin and worsen your situation. Adding oatmeal to your bath can help seal essential oils into your skin, while green tea in your bath can help prevent further damage to your skin.

Never forget that having even one major sunburn in your life increases your risk of skin cancer. Prevention is incredibly important when it comes to sunburns. Always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and try to stay out of the sun during peak hours. If you are exposed to the sun fairly often, make sure you regularly check your skin for new growths, along with changes in freckles or moles. If you notice any changes, be sure to consult your doctor right away.


7 Sunscreen Myths

Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | No Comments »

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There are many myths and misinformation about sunscreen, and it’s purpose. I want to take the time to dispel these myths so you have the right information about sunscreen and sun protection.

Myth 1- SPF is the only thing that matters.

Here is the fact on that. The SPF number on sunscreens only reflects the product’s screening ability for UVB rays. Make sure your sunscreen covers both UVB and UVA rays or else it will not provide the protection that you need. While UVB rays cause sunburn, UVA rays cause more long-term effects such as premature skin aging and you do not want either of those to happen.

Myth 2- I should replace my sunscreen every summer.

The truth is, no you don’t. Unless indicated by an expiration date, the FDA requires that all sunscreens be stable and at their original strength for at least three years. If you purchase sunscreen that expires within 3 years, then it is defective. Sunscreen is supposed to be good to use for a very long time.

Myth 3- Only apply sunscreen just before you go out.

Sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before you go out. It doesn’t work immediately. However, Zinc Oxide, a mineral block, will be effective as soon as you put it on.

Myth 4- The best Sunscreen is all I need to protect myself from the sun.

Here is the fact on that. The best sunscreen still allows rays to pass through. That being said, always wear protective clothing. Dark is better than light. A big hat is better than a cap. Always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you have to be bare, seek shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Myth 5- I only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny.

The truth is, even on cloudy days, when it does not feel hot, or when you’re under trees, the sun still emits damaging UV rays-85% come through on a cloudy day. By the same token, wear it all year round, not just in summer. The UV rays are strong even during winter, and always make sure you wear sunscreen if you are skiing or hiking in the winter.

Myth 6- I always wear the best sunscreen so I’m immune to skin damage.

You never want to make that assumption! If you notice anything changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is very treatable when caught early.

Myth 7- Bug repellant and sunscreen can be applied the same time.

If you also want to use bug repellent, first apply the sunscreen – and 20 minutes later, apply the repellent. Studies show combining them increase the penetration of the bug repellant into your skin, which is not going to be healthy for you at all.

These are the most common myths about sunscreen and sun protection believed, and now that you have the facts, you now know the truth about the function and purpose of sunscreen


Babies and Sun Protection

Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Advice, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, Health, SUNSCREEN EDUCATION | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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It is a great thing that the latest news is filled with advice and information about protecting babies from the dangers being exposed to the Sun. The Skin Cancer Foundation states that even one childhood sunburn can double the risk of skin cancer in life later on. The risk of developing melanoma, which is the most deadly of all skin cancers, doubles for those who have had five or more sunburns regardless of the age it happened. Parents who are making sure that their babies are not exposed to the dangers of UV rays from the sun is doing the best thing they could possibly do for their little ones.

However, most advice focuses on only using sunscreen. While sunscreen is a must when it comes to skin protection, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sunscreen in combination with sun protection clothing. This is an important distinction.

Babies, and all children and adults must wear hats and long sleeve shirts while they are in Sun. Sunscreen needs to be applied to uncovered areas of the skin, and should be reapplied at least every two hours. Everyone should stay out of the Sun during peak hours, which is usually 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Add to that, there is growing recognition that the eyes should be protected from exposure to the sun. Although most of the educational focus on sun exposure is on skin cancer, melanoma of the eye can develop and sun glasses are highly recommended.

Sun protection clothing manufacturers are working hard to develop new fabrics that supply maximum sun protection and which can block UVA and UVB rays. A study done recently by Spanish scientists indicated that red, blue and violet colored fabrics provided more protection than yellow. A friend to KINeSYS, has developed an amazing line of sun protection clothing, SunTeez. However, if you decide not to buy sun protection clothing, then be sure the clothing you put your child in is tightly woven. Loose fabric does not provide the protection that your baby requires.


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