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Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, Apr 25, 2019


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Sunscreen Questions Answered...

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, May 20, 2013

As we plan to spend our summers Living Poolside, undoubtedly we will be looking at our supply of sunscreen.  Here are a few things to remember before you lather up!


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Define SPF again?

SPF = Sun Protection Factor: “SPF 15, for example, means it would take your skin 15 times longer to get red than if you were wearing no protection at all. So if your unprotected skin begins to redden after 10 minutes in the sun, then with a generous coat of SPF 15, it would take 150 minutes for your skin to begin to turn red, but to get this protection, you'd have to slather sunscreen on as thick as icing.”  Per the WebMD website. 

They go on to suggest buying the SPF 30…

"So we're really getting, say, half the number that's on the bottle so just buy the [SPF] 30," That's what the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends, too.”

Please remember that additional factors including the sun's intensity, your geographic location and your skin type also come into play and affect the effectiveness of any sunscreen so use the SPF as a guide but not a guarantee

What does broad spectrum mean?

A product carrying a “broad spectrum” label means that it offers protection from both UVA & UVB rays.

Should I apply the lotion while I am indoors or does it really matter?

Experts suggest that sunscreen be applied initially while indoors, 15 to 30 minutes prior to going outside.

How much is enough?

A medium frame adult should use a quantity of sunscreen approximately the size of a golf ball. 

Is it water resistant?

In 2012 sunscreen manufacturers were required to add clear messages on the labels stating how long water-resistant sunscreens maintain protection after the user swims or sweats.  Labels must specify either 40 or 70 minutes of protection.  If the lotion is not water resistant, it is required to carry a warning label to that effect.

Does it protect against skin cancer?

If the product has an SPF rating of 15 or higher the label can list it as protecting against skin cancer. 

Are The Guidelines Different For Children?

Use sparingly on babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep a baby under the age of 6 months out of the sun. We suggest discussing this with your pediatrician in advance – they can assist you in making the right choices for your little one. 

No Sprays! The FDA is exploring the risks of inhaling spray sunscreens, which could be greatest among children. Until the agency completes its analysis, they recommend spray sunscreens not be used on or by children unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray it on your hands first, then rub it on your child. And as with all sunscreens, be especially careful when applying it to faces and take care to avoid their eyes and mouth.

Reapply often. Reapply after swimming or toweling off unless the lotion is listed as water resistant in which case you can follow the instructions on the label.

***Check the expiration dates!  Sunscreen does expire so make sure to check the expiration dates on the containers!***

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only.  

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Why Dads Buy Swimming Pools?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Feb 20, 2013


Why Dads Buy Swimming Pools?

You take that final turn into your driveway and with a slow roll you enter your parking spot.  You have had a long productive day and now it’s time to completely unwind.   Walking into the house you feel like royalty when the little ones come running with the “Daddy play with me” list.  Off you go to get changed on this warm summer daylight savings evening.  As you walk out of your back door into the lush green surroundings of your garden, you hear the satisfying sound of water falling across rocks, through your garden and into your own swimming pool.  Yes, relaxation is just a few steps away when you hear “Daddy watch what I can do” from number one son as you duck the beach ball coming at you from your little girl.  You grew up with a swimming pool in your backyard and you can’t help but pause and remember all the stuff you did and enjoyed when you were their ages. 

You can remember never wanting to get out of the swimming pool which is no different than the kids are now.  You can remember never taking the time to pick up all the toys around the swimming pool or get them off the bottom of the pool, just like they do now.  You can remember never getting enough time to show off your tricks you worked on all day, just like they are doing now.   And then your memory is jogged by a wave of water from a perfectly placed cannon ball by son number two…just like you used to do to your Dad.  Isn’t it something that the fun you had around the pool is so much like what your children want from you…attention, time, love, and encouragement.  When all is said and it was not the type of swimming pool, nor the size of the swimming pool, nor the toys around and in your swimming pool that mattered one bit as long as Dad was here to play.  That is all they remember!  Their memory is all about Dad and how much fun you are to be around.

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Building a back yard playground is always more fun when water is involved.  There are times when swimming pools can be classified as big puddles for big kids and nothing can replace the goofy times, the fun memories, and the permanent connections you create as a family around that swimming pool.  Play hard, pick up together, tighten a screw or rinse a filter as a team and what you have done is turned a well designed swimming pool into a tool for creating family memories.

Little boys have dreams and little boys grow up to be young men who can chase those dreams.  Too quickly they grow up and go out on their own hoping to realize the same quality family time they have enjoyed with their family.  They will enjoy the thought that they too will be able to watch their family grow up as they “hang” around home.   Deep down inside that is why Dad’s buy swimming pools.  But never forget that swimming pools can also be one of Moms favorite toys as they see the fun their kids have in the “water toy” during the day, just waiting for Dad to come home.  Dinner will be easy tonight…dogs on the barbeque, her famous baked beans, and potato chips with dip, brownies and milk.  Dads are smart; they buy swimming pools, play with the kids and keep Mom happy.  The recipe is timeless!


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