Back-to-School Sun Safety Tips

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School is back in session, but that doesn't mean it's time to toss aside your sun protected items for next summer. During a typical school day, it's very common for children to receive a significant amount of sun exposure, particularly during recess. 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, five or more suburbs in youth increases lifestyle melanoma risk by 80 percent.The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are also associated with 86 percent of melanomas and about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers.

Below are three recommendations for keeping your children safe while in school: 

1. Hat: Pack a hat in your child's school bag. This will help protect their head, face and neck from the sun. 

2. Clothing: Remember, the more skin you cover, the better. Opt for UPF protective clothing as well. UV Skinz offers a great line for babies and toddlers. 

3. Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before heading outside to catch the bus. If your school allows students to wear sunscreen*, opt to bring in some UV Stickers & Wristbands so your child's class can all enjoy them! 

*Please note: "Many schools don’t allow students to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors during the school day without written permission from a physician. The Skin Cancer Foundation has created a sun protection form that parents and doctors can sign, allowing students to bring these items to school, apply and use as needed. The form is available at www.skincancer.org/schoolnote."

Source: The Skin Cancer Foundation