Summer is here! And kids especially want to spend their time off school outside in the sunshine. Protect the delicate skin on their faces, heads, and necks from the rays with a few simple precautions — then get out and enjoy the warmth!

It can be tough to get kids to cover up when they want to run and play, but the best way to protect the skin on their heads and necks is to keep it in the shade with floppy hats and umbrellas. Take a lunch or popsicle break when the sun is at its hottest and highest, between 10am and 2pm.

Regardless of when you go outside, though, make sure kids are slathered in broad spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. Apply before you go outside, when skin is dry, and reapply every 2-4 hours or more if they’re swimming or sweating a lot.

Be on the lookout for any moles, birthmarks, or blemishes that change in size, texture, or color over the course of the summer. This can be an early skin of skin troubles and you should see a physician as soon as possible.

Enjoy the summer! And be safe.

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