Little ones' skin can stay healthy and protected from head to toes with these clever products and strategies that prevent sunburn
Slather On The Sunscreen
You know you have to do it! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends applying a “broad spectrum” sunscreen (offering UVA and UVB protection) of at least SPF 15 to all exposed areas 30 minutes before your kids head outdoors, whether sunny or cloudy out. Be sure to reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating…even if the product says it’s waterproof. Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when rays are strongest (break out the beach umbrella!). Babies need protection, too, although you should limit sunscreen use on infants younger than 6 months.
Protect Those Peepers
The American Optometric Association recommends sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation. Hint: Gray tints protect eyes without distorting color vision.
The frames of the Flex style sunglasses by Real Kids Shades are made from super-bendable rubber and are virtually unbreakable. They promise 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays and come in eight colors. Ages 3 to 7.
Cute Hats for Sun-Sensitie Heads
Sunscreen shouldn’t be your only form of sun protection. These adorable Wallaroo hats (UPF 50+) are made of a special fabric that blocks 97.5 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
If your kid’s summer days go something like this—jump in pool, run around yard, repeat—then you’ll need a sunscreen that sticks. Neutrogena Wet Skin Junior Sunblock Spray is designed to adhere to and protect wet skin.
A Big Orange Ball of Sunblock
For sensitive areas—the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders—the AAP recommends a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, the sun-blocking chemicals that are least likely to cause an allergic reaction. Check out Own’s new Active Block—kids will love using the cool orange ball, and moms are sure to love the mess-free application. $15; ownproducts.com
Want to Avoid a Burn? There’s an App for That!
The UV Index App by FeedVision helps determine your exposure to harmful rays by taking into account your skin tone, current location, and the SPF of your sunscreen. Then it tells you how you should be protecting yourself. $1; itunes.com. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a similar app for BlackBerry and Android phones. Free; epa.gov