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How to choose a sunscreen for your kids

Summer means time at the pool, hanging out in the backyard and lots of outdoor play. And with school about to let out (or did it for you already?), kids are going to be soaking up rays in general. To keep them safe from sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer, parents need to ensure that their kids wear sunscreen.

But choosing a sunscreen for children is not as easy as wandering into your local drugstore. Which SPF is right? Is a spray all right? What do all of the ingredients mean? Is my child even old enough to use sunscreen?

Sonya Lunder, a senior research analyst from the Environmental Working Group says that the best way to protect yourself and your kids from harmful UV radiation it to wear protective clothing, ensure time in the shade and avoid being out at times when the sun is strongest, whenever possible. However, if you are going outside when the sun is shining, sunscreen should be an essential part of your day, and choosing the right sunscreen is important since some can do more harm than good. Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group puts out a trusted annual guide to sunscreens to help you navigate the sunscreen aisle.


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