The summertime means an opportunity to get active and play in the water!

Are you taking your family outdoors for sunny days at the beach, pool, or park? This summer, you’ll want to make the most of your summer holidays. As getting sunburnt during the season is a sure way to spend your time slathering on the aloe vera, cooped up indoors, there are some important sunscreen tips to put into practice!

Before your next outing, check out these essential tips for effective sun protection during pool and active play.

No sunscreen is waterproof or sweat proof
If you think your family will get sweaty or wet when out for the day (and trust us, you will!), be sure to take a water-resistant sunscreen which won’t wash off as easy as regular sunscreen. Adults need one ounce or more of sunscreen at a time to cover all exposed skin, and kids need a similar thick coating.

Water-resistant sunscreens have a time limit
Sunscreens that are water-resistant may only be effective for 40 to 80 minutes. After that, your skin is vulnerable to harmful UV rays

All sunscreens should be reapplied at least once every two hours, but always apply more often when swimming or sweating. When your water-resistant sunscreen reaches the end of its effectiveness, either 40 or 80 minutes, reapply.

Give your sunscreen a head start
You should always apply lotion at least 15 minutes before exposing skin to the sun. This is especially important when water is involved. Moisture washes away sunscreen before it’s had a chance to absorb. When reapply, slather sunscreen on dry skin whenever possible.

Be extra cautious
Sunscreen shouldn’t be your only line of defense. Whether you’re playing sports, hitting the beach, jumping in the pool, or running through sprinklers, sunscreen alone cannot provide adequate protection from sun damage. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, loose clothing, and stay in the shade. Always avoid mid-day sun.

Check out our blog on what sunscreen products to avoid.

At summer camp, we understand the importance of keeping safe in the sun. If you want to get your children involved with a great summer camp that is ideal for them, contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley. We have many programs that encourage outdoor activities, personal development, and fun!