Keeping Our Kids Safe at the Beach

During the summer, everyone loves to be out in the sun. But, it’s important to think of sunscreen before setting out. Miss. Heather provided some safety tips here on The Rhode Show!

Think of Sunscreen as your “Last Resort!”

We all love to be out in the sun, but it is important to think of sunscreen in a mindful way. These tips will help you think of sunscreen use in a new way:
• Wear clothes.
Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by 27%.
• Plan around the sun.
Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.
• Find shade – or make it.
Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of multiple burns by 30%.
• Don’t get burned.
Red, sore, blistered skin means you’ve gotten far too much sun.
• Sunglasses are essential.
Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation.
• Check UV Index
The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent sun overexposure

Don’t be fooled by high SPF
• High-SPF products tempt people to apply too little sunscreen and stay in the sun too long. Just because the SPF number is higher does not necessarily mean you can apply less sunscreen, or stay in the sun longer!
Does Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer?
• Rates of melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer – have tripled over the past 35 years. Most scientists and public health agencies – including the FDA itself – have found very little evidence that sunscreen prevents most types of skin cancer.
• The common sunscreen additive vitamin A may speed development of skin cancer. Retinyl palmitate is an antioxidant that combats skin aging. But studies by federal government scientists indicate that it may trigger development of skin tumors and lesions when used on skin in the presence of sunlight. It is important for consumers to avoid sunscreens, lip products and skin lotions that contain vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinyl linoleate and retinol.

What should I avoid?

• Some sunscreen ingredients disrupt hormones and cause skin allergies. There is no perfect sunscreen.
• Spray sunscreens – They can be inhaled and don’t cover skin completely.
• SPF values above 50+ – They try to trick you into believing they’ll prevent sun damage. Don’t trust them. Useful SPF protection tops out at 30 to 50.
• Oxybenzone – This common ingredient can disrupt the hormone system.
• Retinyl palmitate – Here’s another ingredient to avoid. It may actually trigger skin damage on sun-exposed skin
What Is the Best Sunscreen to Use?
• Stick with lotions, apply, and reapply!
• Stay clear of sunscreen/bug repellant combination products
• Stick to lotions with NATURAL ingredients
• Look for lotions that are zinc and titanium as their primary ingredients
• Avoid products with an SPF higher than 50.
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Heather is the Director of The Children’s Workshop in Lincoln, RI.  She first started her journey with the TCW family in 2007 in our Smithfield location as a Kindergarten teacher.  She then entered the company’s Management in Training Program, working in several of our locations while also training staff in various areas of early childhood education. She holds a BA from Providence College in Elementary and Special Education as well as a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood Education.  Her true passion is not only working with children, but sharing knowledge with families and teachers in order to provide the best early learning experience for all young learners. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Rhode Island Childcare Director’s Association, as well as the Rhode Island College Early Childhood Advisory Board.