Tips for kids to get the best protection from sunscreen
Don’t forget to apply the sunscreen on your children when they head outside this summer.
According to a Melissa Piliang, MD, a dermatologist from Cleveland Clinic, one childhood sunburn can increase the risk for melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.
"Studies have shown that most of our sun exposure happens in childhood. We’re outside, running around playing, we’re playing sports, we’re outside a lot, and that’s when we get a lot of our sun exposure. So it’s really important to think about sunscreen and sun protection at a very young age," said Piliang.
Regardless of the type of sunscreen you’re applying, you’ll want to use a good coat that requires rubbing in. Waxy sunscreen sticks may be a good option for faces, because they go on easily, and won’t run into their eyes.
Another option is a sunscreen spray. If you’re using a spray, you’ll want to make two or three passes, then rub it in.