Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sunscreen

Every summer I see people walking around and they are the same color as a lobster. Not only are they causing long term damage to their skin, but they are also spending the majority of their summer in pain. Of course, these are grown adults who are free to make their own choices. If they choose not to wear sunscreen and destroy their skin, that’s up to them. What bothers me the most is when I see children with the same bright colored skin. I know that the parent is not neglecting their child’s skin on purpose, but that doesn’t change the fact their child’s skin is burning. Children need sunscreen whenever they go outside, especially in the summer. Even if they are only going out to ride their bike, they still need sunscreen. If you have a hard time remembering the sunscreen, or even reapplying the sunscreen after swimming, talk to a friend who also has kids. Chances are, sunscreen is not the first thing on her mind either. Agree to remind each other when you are out together. If your friend is a big time offender, subtly offer the sunscreen after applying it to your own kids. My friends and I usually say, we’ll be out after we spray our kids. That helps us remind each other, especially when we are in a rush. Whatever helps you remember, do it! Do you use sunscreen on yourself as well as your kids? Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!

4 comments:

Peppermint Patty said...

I agree!

I have grown cousins who think WE are weird because I refuse to be burned.

They think it looks good to be burned and charred to a crisp.

So dumb!

EmmysBoosAndRawrs said...

I don't yet have kids, but I'm pretty bad about using it on myself. I know it's "bad" but I tan well, and have never been the type to burn easily, so usually I don't burn at all unless we go to the beach and are there all day or something. When I do burn its really low-key and is gone within a day or two and then is a tan, so I sometimes allow myself to suffer. haha.

However, I do notice people not using it on their children sometimes and it makes me feel bad for them. I read on a poster in my doctors office recently that kids are much more likely to get skin damage from a sunburn then adults. Not sure why that is, but it's scary.

My sister in law has a 3 year old, and his skin is VERY light, and he just kind of has "baby skin" still, if you know what I mean? She legally has to send him with his dad, but his dad lives at a campground so they are outside almost constantly and he comes back sunburned every weekend, even though she has bought him sunscreen just to keep at his place. So then he's cranky and uncomfortable for most of the rest of the week because he can't sleep well and stuff due to the sunburn. Idk. it's sad.

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Sarah said...

As a white, nearly clear person. I have to wear sunscreen or I will burn to a crisp. I do tan some but if I am going to be out then I will use sunscreen. My husband has red hair and is very fair skinned so my children will be fair skinned and will need to wear sunscreen. Is it worth the risk not to??? I don't think so and when a child can't make a choice, it's wrong not to help them.