There have been some new changes recently to sunscreen. Sunscreen is something I am very big on. We have a pool so we are always out in the sun.
Sunscreen is a must. It’s so scary to think that the sunscreen I’m pouring on my sweet babies’ skin could be bad! I decided to do some investigation about sunscreens and what the FDA recommends.
Here are some important things to know:
- Look for products with SPF of 15-15 labeled “broad spectrum protection”
- Sunscreen is not made for infants. Babies younger than 6 months should not be in the sun.
- A shot glass size (1 oz) is the amount of sunscreen you should use (on adults). Not just a few dots.
- No sunscreen is waterproof! (even if it says it!) Look for “Water resistant” (and read the fine print on how long!)
- Avoid sunscreen sprays (I’m a victim of this. Easy to use). The FDA wants to do more tests on sprays, and says the chemicals can get into your lungs.
I decided to go check out sunscreens in the store to see what I could
find. It was also time to throw out old sunscreens. Sunscreen does
expire!! I was shocked at the amount of spray-ons. I mean hundreds of them. Shocker, I found some that still said “Water Proof/Sweat Proof”! (NOT TRUE!)
Since we have a pool and we are in Texas, we do try and swim after 4:00. After 4 our pool is 1/2 way shaded and we opt to stay in the shade. (Especially with the baby). I always have the baby in a hat. He hates it and fights but I keep it on. Even if I know we are staying in the shade we ALWAYS put on sunscreen! So far the Coppertone that I bought in the picture above is working great!
Here’s a great video I found on the FDA site about sunscreen: ABC’s of Sunscreen
Now, back to our fun summer!