Special Projects Producer
9:09 PM EDT, July 25, 2011
YORK COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
When your kids are in the sun, it's important to keep their skin protected from getting burnt. The first step is picking the right product. Greg Forsyth, with the Center For Dermatology in York County, says SPF 30 is the best sunscreen to get. "We like to recommend SPF 30, most SPF 30 will cover anywhere from 96 to 98 percent of the surface area of the skin when it's applied properly," says Forsyth.
And how often should you be applying your children's sunscreen? "Reapply every 2 hours because that's about the life cycle of the sun block," says Greg. Also, reapply every time your kids get out the pool he says, "There's really no such thing as a waterproof sun block, they need to reapply."
And there is a difference between lotion and spray sunscreen. Forsyth Says, "We tend to spray something and go once across, it just goes on very easily but you tend to undercover. Your percentage drops below 50 percent or even less coverage with a spray." So although the spray seems convenient, you really should spray your kids twice, and rub it in. Forsyth also says sprays sometimes contain more alcohol, so don't spray your face directly. Instead, spray it on your hands and rub it into your face.
If you have sunscreen left over from the summer before, make sure it isn't past the expiration date and shake it up before using, because it tends to oxidize.
One more tip, infants should not be taken in the sun at all. If your going to, make sure to test sun block on your baby first. Try rubbing a small amount of sunscreen on their leg or arm.
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