Choosing a sunscreen for summer camp

In summer camps, children usually spend most of their day outdoors so making sure your child is well protected against the sun is especially important. Here are some tips to help you choose the right sunscreen for your child.

Adequate protection

A good sunscreen protects against both UVB and UVA rays. Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30 (UVB protection) as well as UVA protection (also called “broad spectrum”).

Easy to apply

Aerosols, creams, lotion? Each form has its advantages. Aerosols are easy to apply, even to areas more difficult to reach such as the back. However, they should never be sprayed directly onto the face. They can be sprayed on the hands and then applied to the face. If this step may pose a problem, a body and face lotion may be a more practical option.

Waterproof

A waterproof product is a good option especially if your child is attending a camp specialized in sports or outdoor activities. It is important to explain to your child that he should reapply the sunscreen after every swim or activity during which he has sweated a lot, even if the product is waterproof.

Enough sunscreen to last until the end

Make sure to provide enough sunscreen for the duration of the camp. If most of the activities will take place outdoors, your child may have to reapply the product three to four times during the day. Depending on his or her height and the amount of skin exposed, your child will probably need at least 15 to 30 ml (1 to 2 tablespoons) per application. That 100 ml bottle will be empty quickly!

Remember: The best sunscreen is the one that is applied to the skin! Letting your child choose the one she wants (among options you have preselected) may ensure that the product will actually be applied instead of staying in her bag.

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