The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although dark skin has more protective melanin and tans more easily than it burns, tanning is a sign of sun damage. Dark-skinned kids also can get painful sunburns.
What SPF should I use on my child?
Children 6 months and older should use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15, though higher is preferable. Higher SPF formulas filter more harmful rays than lower formulas. The sunscreen should also be labeled “broad spectrum,” meaning it shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
Is Factor 30 enough for a child?
What SPF factor sun cream should you use on your child? ‘It depends on the UV index. But as a general rule, if the UV index is above 3, then high factor (SPF 30 or higher) broad spectrum (with UVA protection) is advised,’ says Abbott.
Is SPF 30 or 50 better?
High-SPF products don’t give you a whole lot more protection. … But the truth is that higher-SPF products are only marginally better at shielding you from UVB, according to both the EWG and the Skin Cancer Foundation. SPF 30 blocks nearly 97% of UVB radiation, SPF 50 blocks about 98%, and SPF 100 blocks about 99%.
Can you tan with SPF 50?
An SPF also means that a certain percentage of skin-aging UVB rays are still allowed to penetrate the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 3 percent of UVB rays can enter your skin with SPF 30, and 2 percent with SPF 50. This is also how you can still get tan while wearing sunscreen.
Should you put factor 50 on children?
The British Skin Foundation (BSF) says: “For children, we recommend using a sunscreen with a high SPF, like SPF50, as children’s skin is more delicate and more sensitive to burning.”
What is the difference between baby and Kid sunscreen?
Baby and kid sunscreens often have the same active ingredients as the adult versions, but with cuter labeling and marketing. Your kids won’t be more protected with a “baby” SPF 30 sunscreen than with a “regular” SPF 30 sunscreen, if both are water-resistant and have the same active ingredients.