Sunscreen is an important part of protecting your child from the sun.

When your child is playing outside this summer, it’s important to protect them from the sun by applying sunscreen. Sunscreen is an amazing thing, but you should know that not all sunscreens are made equal. At Child World Academy, our child care experts know just how important it is for parents to find the right sunscreen for their kids, and that’s why we’ve come up with the following list of what to look for in sunscreen for your child:

#1. SPF 15 or Higher

Many people think that SPF (Sun Protection Factor) refers to the amount of protection you get from the sun, but it actually refers to the amount of time that someone can be in the sun without getting a sunburn from UVB rays. For example, a sunscreen that is SPF 15 will allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer than you would be able to without protection.

#2. UVA Protection

The only way to know if your sunscreen provides UVA protection is to look at the ingredients because there is no rating system for UVA protection. The sunscreen you choose should contain at least one of the following ingredients:

  • Avobenzone
  • Ecamsule
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Oxybenzone
  • Zinc Oxide
  • Sulisobenzone.

Sunscreen is a necessity, but unfortunately, some types of sunscreen are  better than others at actually protecting you from the sun. The experts at our day care in Monroe know how important sun protection is for your child, so stay tuned for our next blog to learn more about what to look for in your child’s sunscreen.