Sun Sense Steps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors!

  1. Use a high SPF sunscreen (Minimum SPF 15), that also lists the level of UVA protection. This Critical Wavelength® value needs to be over 370 nanometers (nm). All LUCA® Sunscreen products display a Critical Wavelength® value and exceed the 370nm standard as deemed by the FDA. LUCA® Sunscreens offer the Ultimate in Broad Spectum UVA/UVB Protection.
  2. Apply sunscreen to dry skin at least 20 minutes before going outside.
  3. Cover up! Use sun protective clothing, broad brimmed hats and shirts. Seek shade.
  4. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours to dry skin. (Most people apply less than half of that is recommended.)
  5. Use common sense and avoid direct sun exposure especially between the hours of 10am – 4pm, when practical. UVB rays or sun burning rays are most intense midday especially in the summertime; but UVA rays remain constant all day and all year long.

Kids And The Sun

There are some facts worth noting about children and sun exposure:

  • Fifty percent (50%) of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood and adolescence.
  • It takes only 10 minutes in intense sun for a young child to get a sunburn.
  • A person born today is twice as likely to develop skin cancer as one born 10 years ago.
  • Sunburns occurring in childhood are a risk factor for the development of skin cancers like melanoma.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies under the age of six months. Consult your physician for children over 6 months

SPF’s higher than 50 provide a false sense of security, making parents feel that it is not necessary to re-apply as often. It is best to use a minimum of SPF 30 and re-apply at least every 2 hours. Apply sunscreen to dry skin at least 20 minutes prior to going into the water.

If a child develops a reaction to a SPF 50 sunscreen, try using a SPF 30 or SPF 15. They will have lower levels of active ingredients that will be potentially less irritating.