How to Beat UVA & UVB Dangers At The Beach

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Protecting Children From UV Sun Dangers at The Beach

UV beach protection for childrenOne of the places where the sun dangerous rays take their toll is at the beach. Families who take a few days vacation to the beach, hangout for hours under the sun at the seashore, they are in a greater risk be exposed to long term sun side effects.

Being at the beach is one of the most favorable places for kids. The sea, the salty wind, the endless sand to play with and it is all free. No wonder many families choose the beach as their annual location for the holidays. The beach is the ideal place for children to have fun! Knowing how to make such a trip UV safe, can reduce the risks of direct and non direct sun hazards.

Know The UV Peaks

The sun has two kinds of UV wavelength to watch out from. The shorter rays known as UVB – are the one who will cause your kids sun burns. Children’s skin is much more delicate and vulnerable than adults skin. Babies skin is even more delicate than children’s skin. When the soft nearly transparent skin absorbs too much UVB sun burns occur. UVB hits the upper epidermis layer and bakes it.. In the lower skin layers melanin cells may try to change the skin tone into a darker tone (tanning) in order to filter away the direct sun light.

UVB is much stronger at mid summer and at midday than at the evening or early in th morning. The best advice for people who go to the beach with their children is to enjoy the first hours of the morning 08:00-11:00, and then search for shade. After 16:00, UVB levels fall again and there are less chances to get sun burned.

Know The Real Enemy Out There

Most people know they have to stay away from the intense direct sun light. But most people may not know hat the real enemy of long lasting skin problems is not the UVB but the ‘silent killer’ UVA rays.

UVA are longer wavelength UV rays. They are at the same level all year round. This means that a December beach vacation is just as dangerous as mid July. UVA contribute to the creation of cancerous cells in the skin, due to their deeper penetration to lower dermis layers and the fact the skin is constantly under UVA radiation.

UV Protection That Don’t Work At The Beach

Applying SPF sunscreens will not block UVA rays. SPF creams can filter only UVB radiation, and have a limited scope of UV defense. Letting the children or infant babies play in the beach sands or at the water front with a T shirt, will not protect them from UVA radiation.

UVA wavelength can penetrate most fabrics easily. A regular cotton T shirt can block less than 5% of incoming UVA radiation. Sending the children with a T shirt to the sun means they are covered from UVB but are exposed to harmful doses of UVA.

There are new fabrics designed to block UV rays. They have a UPF ratings which means a Ultraviolet Protection Factor. These fabrics can block up to 99% of incoming UVA & UVB radiation. They come in different colors and textures. There are UPF swimming trunks for babies, or UPF casual clothes for men and women.

UPF fabrics carry the rating from 15 (low UV protection) to 50+ (highest UV protection level). UPF 50 means less than 2% of the UV reaches the skin. UPF 50+ means better UV penetration.

How to Beat UVA & UVB Dangers At The Beach

  1. Know your enemy – Now you know what to watch out from.
  2. Children UV Sun Block CreamUse ‘Broad Spectrum Sun Block Creams’  only – Forget about SPF rating, look for UVA & UVB protection levels on the cream. Only broad spectrum creams can block or reflect UVA. Note that these creams need to be applied every hour because they absorb into the skin. When applying them use a generous amount to cover the child’s skin.
  3. Beach UV protection shadesSit in the shade of UV blocking shades. Beach protection shades are made from high UPF rating fabric. They allow the children (and you) to rest, enjoy the sea view the wind and sand but still be protected from UV radiation. They are a great solution for those who plan to stay outside for hours at the beach.
  4. UV Clothing For BabiesMake sure the children or babies wear high UPF rating shirts or swimming trunk. Wearing UPF beach clothes will cover 90% of the body from UV without the hassle of sun block creams. Is is convenient with children and babies, so they are protected from UV without the need to reapply the sun block creams every hour.

With these tips and accessories you can have a pleasant vacation at the beach. You won’t have to worry about them getting sun burned or exposed to too much UV. When the children are safe the vacation is be more relaxed for the parents.

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