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4 Sun Protection Tips for The 4th of July

4 Sun Protection Tips for The 4th of July

As we continue to move posts from our blog archive, we try to update them with new information and pictures. This week's picture was taken at one of our favorite places, the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC. It's a painting by American artist Ellsworth Kelly and it's aptly called Red, White and Blue. And while this week's post has a 4th of July theme (since it's coming up next week), it's relevant year-round as we're writing  about sun protection. :-)

Our guess is whatever you have going on for the Fourth of July, the sun is sure to feature. Between beach and pool time, summer sports, picnics and more, the sun plays a starring role in most kids’ summer vacations. But sunscreen also plays a critical, often overlooked part, and depending on what it’s made of, it can either be the hero or the villain. Because of how important sun protection is, we at Modern Kids Design wanted to make life a little easier for you by providing you with some sun protection tips to help you celebrate the Fourth of July safely!

The importance of sun protection has been made clear by plenty of research and just about every medical professional. Sunscreen is recommended by almost everyone, but some sunscreens contain harmful chemicals that can do almost more damage to skin and bodies than good, while others simply don’t block all of the sun’s harmful rays. Given the vast array of sunscreens to choose from, it can be hard to know the best one to cast in your family’s life. To help narrow down the options, here are some traits to look for in a safe, effective sunscreen, created with the help of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) excellent sunscreen guide, which you can find by clicking here and going to their website.

This is worth looking into – Ultimately, we have to decide for ourselves what is best for our families, but you may want to avoid spray-on sunscreens, sunscreen towelettes, and powdered sunscreen. Spray-on and powdered sunscreens are super-convenient, but researchers have expressed concerns that inhaling the stuff might pose health risks to your kids. It’s easy to miss a spot, too. Towelettes often don’t contain enough sunscreen to adequately protect your child’s skin. For maximum sun protection, choose a sunscreen that from the EWG’s list of products that  provide the best protection for the least amount of risk to your body.

Watch out for chemicals – Several chemicals commonly found in sunscreens are known to cause health problems. Some of the names to watch out for are oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, which can seep into the body and cause a number of problems. Try consulting this list of harmful chemicals before purchasing your next sunscreen.

Steer clear of tanning oils. They tend to carry an increased risk for burns and often do not contain adequate ingredients for sun protection.

Grab an umbrella. If you’re planning on hitting the beach or grilling outside, make sure there’s a nice shady spot to catch a break from the sun. Bring an umbrella or set up under a tree to provide a cool spot to hydrate or lay down and read.

Whatever your plans for the long Fourth of July weekend, make sure you and the family are protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Research the right sunscreen for you and your family and make sure to take it with you wherever you go! In addition, because busy moms and dads don’t always get enough time to apply their sunscreen, make sure your facial moisturizer also provides SPF protection. Have a Happy Fourth!