Home > Kids > Childhood Safety > Outdoor Safety > Sun Safety > Your Guide to Sunscreen for All Ages
|

Your Guide to Sunscreen for All Ages

Do you know what to look for in a sunscreen? Whether your little one has fair or dark skin, the right sunscreen is essential to help protect against sunburn and harmful UVA and UVB rays. Follow these important guidelines for protecting every member of your family from the sun's harmful rays, so you can enjoy your summertime fun.

Why Protect Against the Sun?
Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is associated with severe sunburns often occurring before the age of 20. Therefore, protecting your child against sunburns early on in life is essential. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is important to protect your family's skin from both types of harmful rays:

UVA Rays
UVA rays pass through the ozone layer, and account for 95 percent of UV radiation that reaches the Earth. They can pass through glass and windows, and penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays. UVA rays are a main contributor to skin aging and wrinkling, and they play a role in, and may even initiate, skin cancer.

UVB Rays
UVB rays are also dangerous, and are the main cause of skin reddening and sunburns. UVB rays do not penetrate the skin as deeply as UVA rays, and do not pass through glass or windows (unlike UVA rays, which can pass through glass). UVB rays mainly cause damage to the superficial layers, and also contribute to cataracts, immune system damage, and skin cancer.



|


highlights

Teens and E-Cigarettes: 6 Things You Must Know
For the first time in a generation, tobacco use has risen among the nation's youth, due to the rising use of e-cigarettes. Learn more about the dangerous and addictive e-cigarette trend, and get tips to talk to your teen.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, brought to you by Galactic Hot Dogs.

Printable Lists of the Top 100 Baby Names
Need help with baby name ideas? Use our printable list of the top 100 girl names and top 100 boy names of 2015 to help you brainstorm and narrow down your favorites.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks