What is the best way to apply sunscreen?

Here are our best tips to apply sunscreen:

  • Water and perspiration reduce the SPF value of many sunscreens—even those that are water-resistant—so be sure to reapply the product often.
  • Sunscreen sprays may not work as well to prevent sunburn. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.
  • If your baby is taking medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medications increase your baby’s skin sensitivity to the sun or aggravate sunburns or rashes. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, antihistamines, and antidepressants are among the commonly used drugs that can increase sensitivity to the sun's rays.
  • Experts estimate that about half of the recommended amount of sunscreen is applied on their children. Read the product’s usage instructions to make sure you are using the proper amount.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before your child will be exposed to the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen regularly and at least every 2 hours. Repeat application more often if your child is swimming or sweating.
  • Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. Clouds don't absorb or block UV radiation.