Thursday, September 8, 2011

How to Equip Your Kids for a Day in the Sun

If you learn your children are going to be out in the sun for any length of time, I'm sure that you're going to be concerned about the exposure and what it can do to the health of your family. After all, many of us are concerned about the increase that is seen in skin cancer and other serious problems that occur as a result of overexposure to the sun. When you are going to be out and about in such a way, reach for the right type of clothing instead of for the sunscreen. Why is this so important?

First of all, the right type of clothing can provide the protection that is necessary from the sun for your children without making them uncomfortable. In fact, much of the swimwear and other clothing that is available can provide 50+ SPF protection without compromising the ability for your skin to breathe.

The different types of clothing that are available which can produce this effect includes hats, swimwear, active wear and almost any other clothing that could be worn out in the sun. There is also another reason that you may want to be concerned, however, about the type of protection that you were giving to your children.

Although it is not generally discussed, it is important for you to understand that if you're putting some type of sunscreen on your child, you are actually putting an unnatural chemical onto their skin. Although it may help to keep them from getting sunburned, there is also some speculation as to what these chemicals are doing to your child's skin as well. You certainly would not want to leave your child completely exposed to the sun, so that is why it is important to make sure that you are protecting them with clothing as much as possible. You may still need to use some sunscreen on occasion, but by providing the right type of sun protective clothing for them, you cut down on the amount of exposure that they have to sunscreen.

If you are going to the beach and plan on being active, it may also be to your benefit to get sun protective clothing that also has rash guard characteristics as well. There is nothing quite like the rash that is experienced when you go skidding across the sand after a wipeout. When you take a look around at some of the items that are available, it might surprise you with exactly how stylish they are while at the same time, giving you the protection that you need. These items can also be combined for babies with swim diapers, providing the ultimate in convenience when you are in the water.

It doesn't matter which family member you are trying to protect, one of the best things that you can do when they are going to be out in the sun is to get them UV clothing and make sure that they wear them. When you make the right choice in UV clothing, it is comfortable, breathable and can be worn all day long without any difficulty. Best yet, it will allow them to enjoy the outdoors without you having to worry about their health and the health of their skin.

Ethan Howekamp is the author of this article, and is always equipped with a rash guard and swim diapers when he takes his kids to the beach.

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