5 Sun Safety Tips for Kids

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sun safety tips for kids

With the temperatures warming up, we are spending more and more time outside. Exposure to the sun’s harmful UV Rays increases the risk of skin cancer. Protecting your child’s skin is important since a blistering sunburn in childhood increases a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. There are a few simple sun-safe habits that children should learn when they are young to ensure life-long healthy skin.

  1. Seek Shade – Encourage children to play in shaded areas, especially during the middle of the day when UV rays are the most intense.
  2. Protective Clothing – Hats, high-UPF swimwear, UV-blocking sunglasses. The more skin that’s covered the better.
  3. Apply a Safe Sunscreen – Not all sunscreens are created equally. Look for sunscreens that contain no parabens, no phthalates, no SLS, no artificial fragrances, and are free of oxybenzone.
  4. Reapply – Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or excessive sweating
  5. Set a Good Example – Children mimic what they see so set a good example and follow all of these tips for your own skin safety.

I use Kiss My Face Kids Defense with Air Powered Spray SPF 50 on my boys. I like its quick and easy application for hard-to-reach places with the angle Air Powered Spray. It is also formulated with a unique blend of Antioxidant Defenders for advanced protection.

Kiss My Face Spray Sunscreen

I love the easy-to-use spray for the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Spray, with three busy boys it greatly reduces the amount of time it takes me to apply and reapply sunscreen.

Disclosure: I received the featured product in exchange for my honest opinion. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.



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  1. Thanks for the tips, my kids love the sun so I’ve to work hard (and run behind them) so they keep their sunscreen and re-apply it often

  2. Great tips! It is easy to remember to reapply sunscreen when kids get out of the pool, but I tend to forget that running around and sweating will wear the sunscreen off just as much as pool water.

  3. Yes, it’s that time of year, so good reminder about staying protected from the sun.

  4. I always prefer to use a spray with my kids – I feel like I can get better coverage when I spray them. I get them to wear protective clothing and the right shoes when we are out too – that makes a big difference for my little ones! Great information here, and timely.

  5. I love spray sunscreens for my kids! They get a little freaked when I go near their face though!

  6. I love the spray sunblocks… I can never get the kids to sit long enough for the others… ha.

  7. These are great tips! As someone who has very fair skin, I can stress enough how important sun protection is!

  8. I go crazy with making sure my kids are covered with sunscreen. They don’t fight me anymore. I really enjoyed reading about the tips. Thank you!

  9. I will try this soon, we took some sunscreen with us on a vacation and all got burned it did not work! Trying new stuff for sure.

  10. Reapplying is definitely a must. Sometimes we don’t realize that it’s just not working anymore. We go to the beach all the time and my son can get quite pink really fast. So yes, these tips are definitely great!

  11. These are very important tips to share. I am fair skinned and red headed and I used to get literally roasted out in the sun!

  12. The spray sun screen makes it so much easier for them to apply themselves but they can also play with it and spray it all out. LOL I am so glad summer is on its way, winter was such a bummer.

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