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Sunscreen in School: How You Can Protect Your Kids

Written on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

While you’re stocking up on back-to-school basics for your little ones, make sure to pick up a very important, yet easily forgotten essential—sunscreen. We know, you’re sending your kids to school, not to the beach, but children actually spend a great deal of time exposed to the sun walking to and from school, outside at recess, during after-school sports and on field trips. And considering that the new FDA regulations state that sunscreen remains effective for 80 minutes max, the stuff you slather on your kids in the morning will most likely wear off by lunchtime.

But before you pop some SPF in your child’s book-bag, consider this: Only two state policies exist that allow for sunscreen use and application during the school day (crazy, right?). In fact, a school ban on sunscreen (it’s technically considered a drug) left two children from Tacoma, WA with severe sunburns during a school field trip last year. One year later, policies affecting sunscreen usage in schools remain nonexistent or vary from state to state and potentially even within school districts. The worst part: new data shows melanoma rates are rising among U.S. children.

Luckily, two savvy sun-care brands are trying to change that:

Coppertone has launched their Making the Sunscreen Grade program, which educates parents with tools and information on how to help protect their children from the sun and enables them to start a conversation with their schools to make sun protection a priority during the school day. You can find more info here as well as download the full Making the Grade sunscreen guide.

Supergoop! has implemented Project Backpack, which not only serves as a vehicle to influence change in these state policies, but also provides SPF to schools in the U.S. so that kids have what they need to protect their skin during time on the playground or athletics. For every SPF 30 Everyday UV lotion ($15, supergoop.com) sold, Supergoop! will donate one backpack-sized sunscreen to partner schools in the U.S. Click here for more info.

Olympic Swimmer Summer Sanders Chats with FITNESS

Written on June 21, 2011 at 10:56 am , by

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Gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, TV host, and mom of two Summer Sanders is busy supporting Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, but recently took the time to chat with FITNESS. Here’s what she had to say about swimming, sunscreen, and beauty must-haves:

-FITNESS: What made you want to get involved with Merck/Coppertone’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson?
Summer Sanders: “As a mom of two little kids, swim and sun safety are a priority and the opportunity to share that info was the main reason. I’ve worn Coppertone Sport forever and it’s what I put on my kids everyday.”

-FITNESS: What do you love most about swimming?
SS: “Being outside and getting a chance to see my kids push their boundaries, have fun with friends, and enjoy the water. It makes me feel like a kid myself!”

-FITNESS: What are your top tips for fellow swimmers?
SS: “For a swim workout, choose the non-peak sun hours in the morning or evening. If you are playing in the pool, remember to always put on sunscreen and don’t forget your sensitive areas, feet, ears and scalp. I highly recommend checking out the Coppertone MyUVAlert app.”

-FITNESS: What’s your proudest fitness-related achievement? Why?
SS: “The New York Marathon in 2002 because I soaked up every ounce of energy from my fellow competitors and the thousands of people who came out to cheer us on.”

-FITNESS: What’s your best beauty advice for fellow swimmers?
SS: “Sunscreen! And moisturizer post-swim.”

-FITNESS: What beauty products can’t you live without?
SS: Coppertone Sport sunscreen. I put it on under my makeup every day. My Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara and Kiehl’s lip balm.”