With summer upon us, remember to slather on the sunscreen.
- Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15, preferably SPF 30
- It’s best to lather up 30 minutes before heading out
- Don’t worry about buying special “kids” sunscreen, since most of the time they really aren’t any different than those marketed for adults
- Sunscreens labeled “physical” or “chemical-free” (made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) are less likely to cause irritation
- Always use a waterproof or water resistant sunscreen
- Sunscreen has not been tested on children younger than 6 months, so try to use lightweight clothing and shade to protect your babies. It’s okay to use a little sunscreen where they are exposed, such as on the back of the hands
- Reapply every 2 to 3 hours