Five Commonly Made SPF Blunders



  1. Improper knowledge of the child’s Camp or School guidelines: There are several places that would either not adhere to reapplication of SPF or deem it as a form of medication, implicating that the parents would be required to send in a letter of approval that Okays the use of SPF on the child.
  2. Using up the last drop of last summer’s sunscreen bottle: How often does this happen! A general tendency among many is to first polish off the last summer’s sunscreen before opening a new one. How, Dr. Elizabeth Hale, M.D. – a clinical associate professor of dermatology hailing from the New York University has pointed out the crucial aspect that on opening the sunscreen, its strength and efficacy tend to dawdle, particularly so over a span of a year’s time and hence might not be able to offer the similar kind of safeguard from UV rays.
  3. Inadequate and Infrequent Reapplication of sunscreen: In case the children are outdoors for the major part of the noon time and one does not re-apply, then that SPF 30 that one had applied previously during the day might actually only safeguard with a mere effectiveness of a SPF 8 or SPF 6. Hence, Dr. Hale professes that sunscreen must be reapplied in a time interval of 2 hours and immediately after coming out of water, irrespective of how much time has transpired since the last application.
  4. Sunscreen lotion spfThe Perennial need for Buying Scores of Sunscreen Bottles: The formulations of infant and grown-up sunscreen products are mostly similar. Dr. Sheila Friedlander, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine and paediatrics from the University of California states that some of the infant sunscreen products might have a tear-resistant or lesser irritant nature. However, if the children have no major kind of sensitivity or reactions then it is alright to use the similar sunscreen on the child that one might be using on oneself.
  5. Allowing the kid to go without any sunscreen – At Least for small periods of time: According to Dr. Friedlander there has been an influx of titter-tatter about allowing the kids to bask in the sun for at least some time so that their bodies could get the daily dose of Vitamin D. However, being exposed to sun is now not the only means of getting Vitamin D. The American Academy of Paediatrics has recommended that children could obtain their daily vitamin D dose by consuming appropriate diet that included fortified milk or supplements – as in this way the children are not raising the risk of harming their skin and health.
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