I learned about this education video via @SeattleMamaDoc.
Sun safe practices:
- Staying in the shade, especially between the sun’s peak hours (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
- Covering up with clothing, a brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
- Avoiding tanning and UV tanning booths.
- Use sunscreen, SPF 15 or above, preferably one with a sunblock component also. To protect against the UVA rays, the product needs to have avobenzone (Parsol 1789), ecamsule (Mexoryl), titanium dioxide, or micro-zinc oxide.
Sunscreens should not be used in babies under 6 months old. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for this group to use other sun safe practices such as the ones just mentioned.
Related blog posts:
Sun Protection (March 19, 2009)
Melanoma Review (February 25, 2008)
Melanoma Skin Screening Is Important (April 29, 2009)
Tanning Beds = High Cancer Risk (August 3, 2009)
Skin Cancer (March 24, 2010)