If you think that all you need to do is put on a any sunscreen and you are set, you might not be protected for today’s 93 degree day, here in Akron, Ohio.
Your Local UV Index
Coppertone has a great tool that you can use to find out your Local UV Index. You can find your local UV Index by typing in your zip code here. From this, it will tell you what your UV Index is for the day, the temperature, and the recommended sun protection gear for the day.
For today, June 20, 2012 in Akron, Ohio, the UV Index is 10 Very High. It is recommended that you:
- wear UV blocking sunglasses
- wear sunscreen
- wear a hat
- wear protective clothing
- stay in the shade near midday
- stay in the shade to reduce time in the sun
- try to avoid the sun between 11-4pm.
To get the best protection from the sun, you need a sunscreen with Broad Spedctrum UVA/UVB Protection. The reason you need protection from both is because the sun produces 2 kinds of rays that can hurt your skin. UVB or Ultraviolet B is for your outer layer of skin, these rays cause sunburn, premature skin aging, and skin cancer. UVA or Ultraviolet A rays affect your skin at a deeper level and can also affect you with premature skin aging and skin cancer.
This might sound confusing and not all sunscreens provide protection against both. Basically, you need to read the labels. You can’t just get the SPF that you like, you need one with both UVA and UVB protection.
As you know, I am a Coppertone Water Mom this Summer. I have been using a variety of their products on my family all summer long. Coppertone makes it easy to select a sunscreen because all Coppertone sprays and lotions with SPF 15 or above protect you from both UVA/UVB rays.
I apply and reapply hourly when at the pool, even though the Coppertone spray I use is good up to 80 minutes whether you are wet or sweating. My kids haven’t had a sunburn yet! I, however didn’t spray my back well enough and have a slight sunburn right now. It is important for adults to wear sunscreen too! I like the Coppertone sprays because I can apply my own sunscreen without asking for help from my kids or anyone.
Just remember to wear sunscreen daily, especially with the high temps the NE has been experiencing. Below is a picture of my sun during a recent fishing trip with Gone Fishin’. Being on the river, we needed extra protection from the sun!
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