Your Guide to Family Sun Protection

from Coppertone and me!

No, I’m not going to lecture you on sun protection for you and your family, just a few tips/facts :)
Yes, I used to be that teenager outside trying to get tanner but since having a kid things have changed. And even more so since my own mother ended up getting melanoma(skin cancer) on her face this last spring. 
I love being that mom who always has sunscreen in her purse. I may not have protected my own skin when I was younger but I am from this day on. And remember not to be afraid of the sun, the sunshine is a great source of vitamin D and us Washingtonians need all the vitamin D we can get. Just remember to use protection!
UV rays are present year-round but strongest during the late spring and early summer.
About 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds on an overcast day.
A white t-shirt typically has an SPF of about seven when dry and about three when wet.
It can take 12 hours or more for a sunburn to fully develop.
Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the chance of developing skin cancer later in life.
Darker-skinned individuals, such as African Americans and Hispanics, are also vulnerable to UV rays.
Remember to apply sunscreen every 2 hours and/or after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
Test out the shadow rule with your kids on a sunny day (if your shadow is shorter than you are tall, UV rays are particularly strong and you should try to head for the shade).
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Thank you Coppertone for allowing me to be apart of your awesome Coppertone Water Moms group and allowing me to share my love of sun protection with everyone. I was not compensated in anyway, Coppertone provided me with sample products, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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