By Lindsey Tripp - Macaroni Kid Content Contributor June 20, 2018

Today marks the official first day of summer.  Can you imagine?  June 21, 2018!  For Louisiana, it feels like summer has been here for months now.  We are already having hot, miserable days.  The sun feels as though it is just next door some days.  But that doesn’t stop the kids from wanting to go outside and play.  Before you head outside, please remember your sunscreen.  Yes, it is easy to forget and sometimes you think you are just going out for an hour but the sun can still do damage in an hour.  It is estimated that one in five Americans get skin cancer in their lifetime.  Let’s try to keep our kids off that list.  Here are some tips when applying sunscreen:  

  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside
  • Reapply every 2 hours or after swimming/sweating/getting wet
  • If you use the spray sunscreen, still rub it into your skin after spraying
  • Do not forget about your lips

When purchasing your sunscreen, always read the directions.  Try to get SPF 30 or higher and water resistant. 

If you already have some sunscreen at home, check the expiration date before applying.  Most sunscreens are only good for 3 years. 

Now slap on some sunscreen and go enjoy the outside with your children.