Summer is right around the corner, and with it is coming all of your favorite things: grilling out, taking the kids outside to play, running through sprinklers, trips to the beach. And the one thing all of these of these summer activities have in common is the dangers of a good old fashioned sunburn. You know how awful a sunburn can be as an adult, so imagine just how terrible it can be on the tender skin of your kids. That's why I spoke with Dr. Julie Karen, dermatologist of CompleteSkinMD, about ways to keep your kids safe in the sun this summer.
After the dreary days of winter and spring, it can be easy to let your kids run out of the house at the first sight of a sunny day and let them enjoy the great outdoors. And, in the excitement of warm weather, you may forget your proactive measures against the sun. As a dermatologist and spokesperson for Banana Boat, Karen spoke to me about the importance of using sunscreen, other protective measures, and how to help your kids gain a respect for sun safety so they will turn it into a lifelong practice, rather than something they forget the moment they're allowed to hit the beach alone. Thanks to Karen, you can start implementing the following tricks immediately and create a habit of sun safety practices — even at a young age.