Have you gone to buy sunscreen lately? Considering we live in South Florida, it’s a must, but the amount of options out there is overwhelming. The other day, I was running late to meet some friends and their kids at the beach. While packing my bag, I realized all of my sunblock had expired. I thought a stop at the nearest drug store would be a quick solution. Not so. I turned the corner in aisle 7 and suddenly felt overwhelmed.
With so many warnings about the dangers of sun exposure, I really wanted to buy the sunblock with the best protection. I knew to look for the words broad spectrum but couldn’t remember if it was best to get the 30, 50, 70 or 100. Spray or lotion? Sunblock or sunscreen? What’s the difference? I was ready to scream. So, I decided to do a little research to make sure I got it right this summer. Here’s what I found out:
What to look for:
The difference between Sunblock and Sunscreen
Both are excellent forms of sun protection so the choice is yours.
Make it fun for your kids!
Getting our kids to apply sunblock or sunscreen is not easy but also non-negotiable. Dr. Ana Margarita Duarte, a dermatologist, has some great tips on ways to get them to participate.
Another way to get great protection from the sun is wearing sun-protective clothing. It can make a big difference, considering your average t-shirt offers an SPF of about 5 while sun-protective clothing has an ultraviolet protection of 50. There are some great options for kids. Visit shopkidstuff.com.
Now that we know what to look for to stay safe in the sun, lets head out there and have a great summer!