Sunscreen for Children at Walgreens
Kids love spending time outdoors enjoying the sun, but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation found in sunlight can pose problems for children's skin. In the short term, sun exposure can cause painful irritation known as sunburn. Over time, repeated exposure to UV can increase the risk of skin cancer. Fortunately, you can protect your little one from the sun with sunscreen. At Walgreens, you'll find an extensive selection of sunscreen formulated specifically with kids' skin care needs in mind. You can explore and compare the available sunscreens for children online or visit your nearest Walgreens to shop in store.
Interpreting SPF Ratings
When comparing sunscreen for children, start by considering the Sun Protection Factor or SPF of the available products. The SPF tells you how much of the sun's UVB rays a product filters out, and the higher the SPF rating, the more protection formulas provide. For example, an SPF 15 sunscreen reduces UVB exposure by 93 percent, while an SPF 30 product protects against 97 percent of UVB rays. In addition to considering SPF levels, you should also take note of whether sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection. These sunscreens also provide protection from harmful UVA rays.
Comparing Formula Types
When shopping for sunscreen for children, you can choose from many different formula types.
- Cream and lotion sunscreens make it easy to measure how much of the product you have applied to your little one's skin.
- Spray sunscreens are very quick and easy to apply.
- Stick products can target a particular area with precision. This reduces the risk of missed spots and makes less mess than liquids and lotions. The downside to sticks is that it can be time consuming to apply the sunscreen from head to toe.
Considering Other Factors
Once you have decided which SPF level and sunscreen type is best for your child, you can compare the other features of the available products.
- Hypoallergenic options are ideal for kids who have sensitive skin that is prone to irritation.
- Water-resistant are effective for a period of time when your child is swimming, making them excellent choices for the beach, water park or pool.
- Mineral sunscreens use natural minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to deflect the sun's rays. These products may leave behind a white residue on the skin.
- Chemical sunscreens use synthetic active ingredients to absorb UV rays and convert them into harmless heat.
Getting Best Results from Sunscreen
If you're unsure which sunscreen is the best choice for your child, your pediatrician can provide you with advice. Keep in mind that no sunscreen for children can provide adequate protection if it is used improperly. Typically, you should apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to cover the body from head to toe. Experts recommend applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you head outside and to reapply at least once every 2 hours or more frequently if your child is swimming or sweating.