Q: What type of sunscreen should I use for my kids? I’m confused by all the different options.
The best sunscreen options, especially for children, are those that are considered broad-spectrum sunscreens that also have a SPF of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays, which are the two rays that cause suntan, sunburn, and sun damage. A sunscreen with SPF 30 will block 97% of UVB rays. Application of sunscreen is just as important as picking the right product. Be sure to apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapply every 2 hours. You should reapply sunscreen more often if in contact with water. It is recommended to use 1 ounce of sunscreen to cover arms, legs, neck, and face.
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This question was answered by pharmacy student Victoria Shepherd.