Keiki Sun Safety Video Makes Summer Fun

By Guest writer
Wednesday - June 17, 2009

When the phone rings at Pulelehua Skin Care Aesthetics, the number one question that callers ask is “Do you remove brown spots?”

To make a long story short, brown spots don’t happen over night. It’s a process that occurs over the years due to lifestyle and even hormonal changes that causes those ugly brown spots to appear. While there’re now many cosmetic alternatives, it isn’t cheap nor is it a quick fix to reverse, if at all possible.

However, if we knew what our children can learn today, then we can help them prevent those ugly brown spots from appearing sooner than later.

In an effort to educate our youth on the topic, Pulelehua Skin Care Aesthetics,Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) and, KGMB9 TV have formed a partnership to execute a community service campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure called “Keiki Sun Safety”. The six-minute video is accessible by visiting the “Keiki Sun Safety” splash page on Once you get to their home page, type in “sunsafety” in the search box, then press enter, which will take you to the “Keiki Sun Safety” video. You may have also seen a variety of vignettes on KGMB9 TV promoting “Keiki Sun Safety”, which will air through this Summer as well as, promoted on Oahu in schools and community service events.

The host of the Keiki Sun Safety video is KGMB9’s weather reporter, Malika Dudley, whose job it is to let as many kids know about something that’s really important for everyone living in

Hawaii…the sun. Without enough sunlight, people can actually feel sad. That shouldn’t be a problem for us in Hawaii.

But, getting too much sunlight can be a problem. Being that Hawaii is located quite close to the equator, the sunlight we get in the Islands can be stronger than other places. The sun gives off invisible rays called ultraviolet or UV. Some UV rays get blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere, but some get through and get into our skin. That’s what causes sunburns. And too many sunburns when you’re a kid can lead to problems later in life, like ugly, wrinkly skin, brown spots, or worse, skin cancer; which in some cases can kill you.

Being in the sun for too long at one time can also cause lots of conditions that make you feel bad and can even be dangerous. You could become dehydrated, or develop cramps, heat exhaustion or, even worse, heat stroke. The worst is heat stroke; because it can kill you unless you get medical help right away. Some ways you can tell if someone has heat stroke is if their skin feels hot and dry, and their temperature is high.

They might even feel confused, or they might have convulsions, where they start twitching all of a sudden, or may even black out.

So what should you do? First, always wear sunscreen that’s at least SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher, which should be applied 15 to 20 minutes before you expose yourself to the sun. Also, you should wear protective clothing whenever possible, like UV blocking hats, sunglasses and, umbrellas that block UV rays. Another important thing to do is drink water, especially before you get super thirsty or suddenly feel really tired and hot.

So now that you know more about how the sun affects us in Hawaii, we hope that you’ll spread what was briefly described in this article to others to help them to be safe in the sun, like you!

For more information about this “Keiki Sun Safety” video, call Pulelehua Skin Care Aesthetics at (808) 218-7871. We can also help you learn more about what to look for when buying a broad spectrum sunscreen that may be safer for your skin and good for the environment in our world’s effort to be green.

After all, our skin is our body’s largest organ and Earth is the only planet we have to live on.



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