The Secret Guide To Choosing The Best Sunscreen


When it comes to protecting our little ones, mom's will do whatever is necessary. With keeping that in mind, we should, of course, take measures to prevent damage to their largest organ: their skin!

There is an abundance of articles, both online and in print, that provide extensive information on what we as parents should be searching for when it comes to choosing the best sunscreen for our kids. And with that overabundance of information that takes us to our nearest drugstore in search of only the best, do we all too often find ourselves feeling a bit overwhelmed as to just how many different sunscreens can be found on those shelves; and I'm not just talking about brands, I'm talking about lotions, sprays, sticks, you name it. So, how do we make the best choice out of so many options? 

Here's the secret...

Sprays, lotions, and sticks all do an equally effective job in protecting your children from the sun's incredibly harsh and damaging UV rays. And because they all work in terms of effectiveness, it really comes down to personal preference, so that you actully end up reaching for it before you and your family head outdoors.
As they all have certain advantages, many tend to reach for one over the other, typically for comfort or convenience. 

If you are unsure of which sunscreen may be the best fit for your family, here are some tips to keep in mind:
  • If you or or children have more dry skin, lotions and creams are a great choices because they tend to be more hydrating. 
  • Spray sunscreens are great because they are incredibly easy to apply. It's also a really good choice if the man in your life is a bit more on the hairy side because the spray is way less goopy. And when your kid's are ready to hit the beach, the last thing they want to do is be staring at the water while you cake on the cream for them.  being super easy to apply. Just be careful not to let your children inhale it by spraying away from their little noses.
  • The latest sunscreen trend is sticks. These are excellent options for little faces because they are dry and won't run in your child's eyes. The vast majority are also petroleum or wax-based and are much less likely to rinse off in the water. 
One thing that should be noted about sprays however, is that they do boast the same protective ingredients that are in sticks and lotions, certain evidence has recently suggested that your family's skin may not absorb as much of the spray as you do the lotion, making it significantly less effective. Of course, sprays are super convenient. But if you are using them correctly, you will need to spend at least double the time spraying yourself and your kids as you previously assumed you needed.

Regardless of the sunscreen protection that you choose, just be sure to opt for one with a label that boasts, "broad spectrum". Broad spectrum is vitally important as it will protect your family's skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays, both of which can greatly increase the development of skin cancer. Be sure to select an SPF rating of 30 or more and reapply it at least every 2 hours. And finally, be sure to remember that sunscreen alone will not entirely protect your family from skin cancer, when heading to your local swimming "hole" be sure to put on hats and rash-guards for extra added protection. And when possible seek shade under trees, a canopy or even just indoors to give your skin a much-needed break.
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