Picture this: you’ve taken your family on a beach vacation. You are getting ready for the day and you slather your kids head-to-toe in SPF 75+ sunscreen. You put on hats, UPF clothing, and bring your beach umbrella. But did you remember to take sun protection precautions for yourself as well?

I know that I am guilty of covering my kids in sunscreen (picture the white zinc-oxide nose from old beach movies) but then forgetting to put enough on myself. I have mentioned in a previous post that I am very fair skinned and prone to getting tons of freckles. I sunburn incredibly easily.

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My mom is the same way, and she has already had skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma in countless places and melanoma in several others. Luckily it was caught early enough that removing the affected areas stopped the cancer’s spread. I was a lifeguard and baked in the sun each summer for 5 years, from ages 16-21. I’m sure that skin cancer is in my future, too.

So what can we do to protect our skin from the sun on a daily basis, particularly as busy moms? There’s a few steps that you can take for sun protection:

Sun Protection Tips

  • Use sunscreen every day. This should be a part of your morning routine each day. I focus on my face and arms, because those are the places that get the most sun exposure while I go about my everyday activities.
  • Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Most sun prevention products on the market today are broad-spectrum, meaning that they protect from both UVA and UVB rays. Check the label on the sunscreen that you purchase to make sure that you are getting the most coverage possible.
  • Cover up when you’re outside. This may seem counter-intuitive when it comes to avoiding the summer heat, but wearing long sleeves and a hat while you are outside can help reduce sun exposure. Don’t forget sunglasses to protect your eyes and lip balm with SPF to keep your lips from getting burned.
  • Apply sunscreen everywhere when you plan to be in the sun for a long time. Don’t forget places like the tops of your feet, backs of your hands, ears, and scalp. Skin cancer can form anywhere.

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