Hello busy moms! Here are four tips to help parents assess products and formulate the best sun protection strategy for their family. Read the four sun safety tips below.
- Learn the lingo and shop for sunscreen: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Everyone needs a sunscreen with a SPF level of 15 or higher and “broad spectrum” coverage (both UVA and UVB rays). Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, oxybenzone, avobenzone, sulisobenzone, and mexoryl.
- Wear sun protection clothing and gear: Even kids should wear sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection and a wide brim hat. For sun-protective clothing, look for an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 30 or greater.
- Establish a routine: Make applying sunscreen part of your child’s daily routine. Apply it 30 minutes before going out and use enough to cover exposed areas. Don’t forget to reapply every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
- Pack and use sunscreen: Give sunscreen (with application instructions) to your child’s camp counselors, babysitters, daycare providers, etc. to ensure reapplication throughout the day. As your child gets older, she may be able to reapply it herself with prompting such as, “Every time you come out of the pool, spread more sunscreen over your face and body.”
– The Moms Buzz