The weather has been so nice here.
A little nippy at times with the wind, but March is behind us and the sun is shining!
The kiddos are spending time outside running, we’re fishing on the bank of the reservoir and our time outside is fabulous!
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I’m an advocate for covering up, sunscreen and doing all we can to minimize our risk for skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation warns that a person¹s risk for melanoma doubles after five or more sunburns, making skin protection a priority for those who spend an extended period of time outside.
In 2014, the acting Surgeon General issued a ³Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer² because skin cancer rates continue to increase, even though most cases of skin cancer are preventable.
The SCF recommends sun-protective clothing as the first line of defense against UV exposure, which can lead to cancer. Coolibar is the first sun protective clothing line to receive the SCF¹s Seal of Recommendation.
Coolibar, the first sun-protective clothing company to receive the SCF¹s Seal of Recommendation, offers some great tips for outdoor enthusiasts to stay protected from harmful UV radiation when on the field or hitting the pavement:
Wear lightweight moisture-wicking sun-protective clothing.
T-shirts are NOT adequate protection against UV rays.
Along with the UPF 50+ rating in your clothing, it¹s important to wear moisture-wicking clothing so you don¹t overheat.
A wide-brim hat is a must for golfers, walkers, and spectators and provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders, areas that often get more sun exposure.
Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%.
For runners, choose lightweight hats that cover the top of the head and neck.
When possible, avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun¹s UV radiation is most intense.
Keep sunscreen and a hat in your sports/gym bag so they are always available.
Use a golf umbrella for shade when walking or waiting.
Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, or more often if sweating or swimming.
Use sport sunscreen so it doesn¹t run and irritate your eyes.
Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection and reduce reflection on the road, field or course.
Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States.
Based in Minneapolis, the company was founded in 2001 to bring Australia¹s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market and beyond by producing and selling sun protective apparel for active families through catalog and online.
Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats, and accessories, Coolibar guarantees UPF 50+ ratings for the life of their garments.
Each garment is developed with sun protection as the number one priority with a full line of proprietary SUNTECT® fabrics.
Coolibar has been recognized by the Skin Cancer Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology and the Melanoma International Foundation for effective sun protection.
Coolibar Cares, the company¹s giving back initiative, supports programs such as SunAWARE, School Sun Hat program, Doctor Connect, the AAD Camp Discovery for sun-sensitive children as well as athlete sponsorships and product donations.