What is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor which is a method of measuring how much UVB light reaches the skin in a given amount of time. When you purchase a sunscreen with a higher SPF rating, then you can stay in the sun for a longer time period before your skin will start to burn.
Recently in the news there was an expose on false SPF rating coverages (see below). Basically you do not need to go out and get the 100 SPF lotions because the 50 and 30 SPFs will do just as well.
In addition to packing a high-quality sunscreen, be sure to use a hat to product your baby or toddler’s scalp from the sun. You should also reapply the sunscreen every few hours or sooner if your child is participating in water activities.
For moms we recently tried: “Kiss My Face” sunscreen for face+neck 50 SPF. A little goes a long way and it does not dry up white and chalky, it blends in very nicely AND it is not sticky to touch. You can find Kiss my Face at most drug stores, The Vitamin Shoppe and Whole Foods. Or go to their website to order it online. If you are going to the store there is a coupon for $1 off here that you can use. It expires June 20th.
For toddlers we recently tried: Kids Sun Stick Spf 30. The stick is for nose, cheeks (face) and ears, and not all over, but it is possible like with my new toddler to put some sunscreen on exposed areas.
Consumer group flags high SPF ratings on sunscreen as misleading 05/20/2013
Many consumers assume that SPF 100 is twice as effective as SPF 50, but dermatologists say the difference between the two is actually negligible. Where an SPF 50 product might protect against 97 percent of sunburn-causing rays, an SPF 100 product might block 98.5 percent of those rays.
“The high SPF numbers are just a gimmick,” says Marianne Berwick, professor of epidemiology at the University of New Mexico. “Most people really don’t need more than an SPF 30 and they should reapply it every couple of hours.” Berwick says sunscreen should be used in combination with hats, clothing and shade, which provide better protection against ultraviolet radiation.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com
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