According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), protection from the sun is important year round, not just in the summer or when it’s bright and sunny. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage on cloudy and hazy days and even when it’s cold out.
When considering ways to protect children and adults from the sun’s rays, it’s important to realize that sunscreen may be easy, but it doesn’t protect skin completely. Try combining sunscreen with other options, such as hats and long sleeves to prevent UV damage.
Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms – lotions, sprays, wipes or gels. For kids, be sure to choose one made with:
• Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
• Both UVA and UVB protection
For most effective protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. And, don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips and the tops of feet which often go unprotected.
Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to “waterproof” and “water resistant” products as well.
Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow your kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Sunscreen reduces damage from UV radiation, it doesn't eliminate it.
For more information on maintaining good skin health, visit www.cdc.gov.