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article imageTop tips for avoiding sunburn Special

By Tim Sandle     Jun 3, 2014 in Health
One severe sunburn during a child’s first 15 years could double the chance of developing skin cancer as an adult. To find out some top tips for keeping safe in the summer, Digital Journal spoke with a leading health expert.
Rhonda Sparks is Founder and CEO of the advisory company UVSkinz. Rhonda lost her 32-year-old husband to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. This devastating loss has since fueled Rhonda's passion to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of sun protection and the deadly effects of too much UV exposure.
Deeply affected by this and wanting to help others, Rhonda has specializes in UPF 50+ certified sunwear. Sun protective clothing is clothing specifically designed for sun protection and is produced from a fabric rated for its level of ultraviolet (UV) protection.
UPF ratings are a relatively new rating designation for sun protective textiles and clothing is UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). The UPF 40 - 50+ range blocks 97.5 – 99% of ultra violet radiation. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum emitted by the sun. Whereas UVC rays (wavelengths of 100-280 nm) are absorbed by the atmospheric ozone, most radiation in the UVA range (315-400 nm) and about 10 % of the UVB rays (280-315 nm) reach the Earth’s surface. Both UVA and UVB are of major importance to human health. Overexposure may result in acute and chronic health effects on the skin, eye and immune system.
As well as speciality clothing, Rhonda also provides information to help people stay safe in the summer. Rhonda has provided Digital Journal readers with her top ten summer safety tips:
1) Avoid tanning beds at all costs!
2) Seek the shade during peak midday hours when the sun’s rays are the strongest and most damaging (between 10AM-4PM)
3) Make sure the sunscreen you use for your exposed areas has an SPF of at least 30, and states “broad-spectrum” on the label to ensure protection from both UVA and UVB rays
4) Be aware of any medications you are taking. Certain drugs—such as antibiotics—can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sun exposure and it’s important to take extra precautions if this is the case. Ask your doctor for more information on any mediations you are currently taking.
5) I’ve found using sunscreen ‘sticks’ as opposed to lotions has helped make applying to myself and my little ones easier
6) When outdoors, wear clothing and accessories that protect against UV rays, like UV Skinz line of UPF 50+ certified sunwear
7) Wear a wide brimmed hat (4 inches minimum) to ensure your face, ears and neck are protected
8) Whenever you are applying sunscreen to your children, try telling them that you are giving them a luxurious ‘spa treatment’ while massaging their skin. This usually helps my kids stay still a little longer
9) Drink lots of water while outdoors to stay hydrated!
10) Extra measures need to be taken when it comes to protecting children from UV exposure. One blistering sunburn as a child can double that child’s risk of developing melanoma, so be sure your little ones are UV protected at all times when playing outside.
Last month Digital Journal posted some alternative sun protective techniques.
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