These warm, full sun days should have all parents back on their toes when protecting the skin of their young ones. There are a wide variety of sunscreens, especially marketed toward kids, but consider these three tips that’ll allow you and your children to have fun in the sun all season long:
Use water-resistant sunscreens of 30 SPF or higher that protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays and reapply approximately every hour. Look for sensitive skin formulas and formulas with natural ingredients. Remember, peak sunshine hours are between 11 am and 3 pm so make sure your kiddo takes plenty of breaks in the shade.
Keep babies younger than six months out of the sun. Sunscreens may irritate baby skin, and an infant’s developing eyes are especially vulnerable to sunlight
Look for sun-protective clothing for your kiddos that provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) value (the level of protection the garment provides from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays).
Whether you’re frolicking on the shore of Timothy Lake or hiking the lush trails of Gifford Pinchot, practice safe fun in the sun this year and ensure healthy skin all year long.