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dadof4 - sunscreen for kids- waterproof or water-resistant? 6/29/2012 11:08:05 AM
   
I'm curious.. what's the best sunscreen is for kids? and what is the difference is between waterproof and water-resistant? Is one better than the other?

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YourPinnacleHealth - RE:sunscreen for kids- waterproof or water-resistant? 6/29/2012 3:00:22 PM
   
When buying sunscreen for anyone, young or old, make sure the label says "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB". It is extremely important to protect yourself and your kids from both types of UV rays.

Now, the difference between waterproof and water-resistant sunscreen is that waterproof provides protection for 80 minutes after exposure to water, and water-resistant provides protection for about 40 minutes after exposure to water. If your children usually jump in and out of the pool continuously, it may be better to choose waterproof sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher for that added protection.

As far as a specific brand of sunscreen, everyone has their own opinion. There are so many different kinds of sunscreen these days ( spray, gel, lotion, etc.) that as long as it is SPF 30 or higher, is broad spectrum or UVA/UVB, and is waterproof or water-resistant, you and your family should be protected.

Here is a great resource for information on sunscreen: http://pinnaclehealthresources.staywellsolutionsonline.com/Search/34,21894-1

Have a nice summer!

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