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Protecting yourself from the Sun: Are you using your Sunscreen Correctly?

putting-on-facestickThe days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. That can only mean one thing – summer is on its way! After a long, cold winter, spending time outside feels like freedom, but did you know that even a few minutes in the sun can damage your skin? A lot of people only think about using sunscreen when going swimming, on a beach vacation, or doing special activities like sports or hiking. A survey of American adults showed that a third of us don’t use sunscreen, and nearly 70 percent only used sun protection occasionally! The same survey reported that 27 percent of parents with kids under the age of 12 don’t use sunscreen on their children when they are outdoors for two to four hours. That’s a lot of unprotected skin! It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen each and every time you go outside. After all, when your kids head outdoors to play, the last thing they want to do is stop and wait for you to slather them in sunscreen. Yet recommendations for sunscreen use by the FDA show us how necessary it is. Their current list of suggested sunscreen rules include:
  • Using an SPF of 15 or more for children over 6 months old
  • Limiting time in the sun between 10AM and 2PM
  • Cover exposed skin in loose-fitting clothing
  • Reapply sunscreen every 40 minutes and after swimming, toweling off, or sweating
Not only should you and your children be using sunscreen every time you go outside, using enough is also important! Experts in the field recommend using a minimum of 1 oz. of sunscreen per application to get the full SPF effect. That’s a lot of sunscreen, so it better be one your child likes and wants to use! TruKid Sunscreen Line At TruKid, we felt it was important to create a line of natural, easy to use sunscreens to suit all of our customer’s sensitive skin needs. Protecting your children from the sun is vitally important for their long-term health, but you also don’t want to stop them from participating in the joy of summer fun. We also wanted to create sunscreens that kids like and want to use, eliminating the dreaded sunscreen battles.  With fresh scents (or unscented) and easy to apply textures, kids love our sunscreens. Check out our full-line of sunscreen products to see which one is best for you! TruKid Eczema Daily Sunscreen Finally, there is a sunscreen out there that can protect your child’s sensitive skin without causing an eczema flare-up! This unscented, natural mineral sunscreen is perfect for daily use and comes in a lotion or stick form. With an SPF of 30 and organic ingredients that include sunflower seed oil, jojoba, and green tea, our broad spectrum sunscreen is the highest rated for any kid’s line by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)! TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen If your kids are the type that play hard both on and off the field or in and out of the water, TruKid Sunny Days Sport Sunscreen is the perfect protection! Our unscented SPF 30 sunscreen provides long-lasting, highly water-resistant protection that truly lasts. As winner of the “Most Awesome Sunscreen Award” by Red Tricycle and highest rated for a kid’s line by the EWG, you can feel comfortable sending your kids out the door with the protection of Sunny Days Sport’s truly natural ingredients! TruKid Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen For everyday protection you can trust, look no further than our Sunny Days Daily Sunscreen products! With a fresh citrus scent and 100% mineral protection in either lotion or face stick form, these are the perfect on-the-go products for a busy family. Our Sunny Days Daily Sunscreens are also a winner of Red Tricycle’s “Most Awesome Sunscreen Award”, and is highest rated for kid’s sunscreen lines by the EWG. Fun in the Sun with TruKid Products When choosing TruKid products, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are protecting your children’s sensitive skin with the best in quality ingredients. Our products are always pediatrician and dermatologist tested, free from harsh chemicals, and created with the care and consideration that your family deserves. So the next time you are ready to head out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather, don’t forget your bottle of TruKid Sunscreen!
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