Monday, July 30, 2012

Children Swimming and Sunburn Protection

I hate sun burn!

When I was a child sun burn was nothing to be afraid of. A little bit of pain for a few days and you were set for the rest of summer. In fact my personal strategy was to deliberately get burned on the very first day of arriving at the beach for the summer holidays.

Once you got over the peeling of skin you had no need for sunscreen, that horrible greasy stuff that you really only used if you wanted a “Healthy Sun Tan” over time and not an instant one like me. Besides among the kids in the camping ground it was almost a competition to see who got rid of their pealed skin.

Of course there were all the home remedies for taking the initial pain out of the sun burn. There was:
  • The half tomato rubbed over the skin
  • The petroleum jelly rubbed into the skin
  • Tea leaves or the tea itself

There must have been a million home recipes but of course none of them really worked, though nobody was going to admit to that.

Image of multi colored kids wetsuits: Wetsuits help prevent sunbun
Kids Wetsuites Come In So Many colors
If you were really tough then you just braved it and if you got really bad, there were always the professionally prepared lotions. In my experience though, none of them really worked either. But you can’t blame someone for making a profit.

It turns out the sun is way more dangerous than anybody knew back then and now it’s even worse; especially here in Australia and in New Zealand with there still being, that which is essentially a hole in the Ozone layer.

I have been very lucky in that by the grace of God, I have not so far, suffered from skin cancer; given the abuse that I gave my skin back then, though I didn’t know it was abuse. It’s a good thing that wearing sunglasses back then was cool or we’d have a lot more eye cancers now; even though they were not always the correct sort.

Don’t suffer the pain of sun burn: you or your children. Put on sunscreen, a hat, sun glasses and buy your kids UV resistant wetsuits for when they are in the water.

Enjoy
   Richard

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