not be safe to breathe.
• Reapply cream often. Sunscreen chemicals sometimes de- grade in the sun, wash off or rub off on towels and clothing.
• Men ignore sun safety at their peril. In 2021, the American Cancer Society estimates about twice as many American men are expected to die from melanoma as women. Surveys show that 48 percent of men report routine sun avoidance, compared to 68 percent of women.
• Got your vitamin D? Many people don’t get enough vitamin D, a hormone manufactured by the skin in the presence of sunlight. Your health care provider can test your level and recommend supplements if you are low in this vital nutrient.
Sun safety tips for kids A few blistering sunburns in childhood can double a person’s
lifetime chances of developing serious forms of skin cancer. The best form of sun protection is a hat and shirt. After that, protect kids with a sunscreen product that’s effective and safe. Take these special precautions with infants and children:
Infants Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sun as
much as possible. Their skin is not yet protected by melanin. When you take your baby outside:
• Cover them up with protective clothing that’s tightly woven but loose fitting, and a sun hat.
• Make shade. Use the stroller’s canopy or hood. If you can’t sit in a shady spot, use an umbrella.
• Avoid midday sun. Take walks in the early morning or late afternoon.
• Follow product warnings for sunscreens on infants younger than 6 months old. Most manufacturers advise against using sunscreens on infants, or advise parents and caregivers to consult a doctor first. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that small amounts of sunscreen can be used on infants as a last resort when caretakers can’t find shade.
Toddlers and children Sunscreens are an essential part of a day in the sun. But
young children’s skin is especially sensitive to chemical allergens, as well as the sun’s UV rays.
• Test sunscreen by applying a small amount on the inside of your child’s wrist the day before you plan to use it. If an irrita- tion or rash develops, try another product. Ask your child’s doctor to suggest a product less likely to irritate your child’s skin.
• Slop on sunscreen and reapply it often, especially if your child is playing in the water or sweating a lot.
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Sun safety at school Send sunscreen to daycare and school. Some child care
facilities provide sunscreen, but you can buy your own to make sure it’s safe and effective. Share EWG’s safe sunscreen tips and product suggestions with your child’s school and caregiver. Find out your child’s school’s sun safety policy. Sometimes
daycare and school policies interfere with children’s sun safety. Many schools treat sunscreen as a medicine and require written permission to use it on a child. Some insist that the school nurse apply it.
Teenagers who covet bronzed skin are likely to sunbathe or visit tanning salons, both of which are a bad idea. Researchers believe that increasing UV exposure may have caused the marked increase in melanoma incidence noted among women born after 1965. Tanning salons expose the skin to as much as 15 times more UV radiation than the sun, and tanning bed use has been directly linked to increased rates of melanoma in women. Tan does not mean healthy. Be a good role model for your teens – let them see that you protect yourself from the sun.
The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Through research, advocacy and unique education tools, EWG drives consumer choice and civic action. Visit www.ewg.org
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