Hours on a soccer field can be a sunburn (and skin damage!) waiting to happen for both players and parents.
Protection from the sun is important year round, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), not just in the summer or when it’s bright and sunny. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage on cloudy and hazy days and even when it’s cold out.
To protect children and adults from the sun’s rays, it’s important to remember that sunscreen is important and may be easy to apply, but it doesn’t protect skin completely. Try combining sunscreen with other options, such as hats and long sleeves to prevent UV damage.
Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms – lotions, sprays, wipes or gels. For kids, be sure to choose one made with:
• Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Both UVA and UVB protection
For the most effective protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. And, don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips and the tops of feet which often go unprotected.
Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or sweats. This applies to “waterproof” and “water resistant” products as well. A dab at halftime (for parent and player!) can’t hurt.
Keep in mind, sunscreen isn’t meant to allow you and your kids to spend more time in the sun than you would otherwise. Sunscreen reduces damage from UV radiation, but it doesn’t eliminate it.
For more information on maintaining good skin health, visit www.cdc.gov