Your Kid’s Sunscreen Might Have Way Less SPF Than The Label Says

The New Consumer Report is out on Sunscreen, and it's troubling

    With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner, parents everywhere are stocking up on sunscreen to protect their kid’s skin. I don’t know about you guys, but we go through TONS of the stuff during the summer. My kids are outside pretty much all day everyday, swimming and playing and jumping on the trampoline. One of my girls has olive skin, and she gets like seven shades darker after a week outside. My other daughter has my skin, so she burns like a piece of paper if she so much as walks in full sunlight. My own parents weren’t very strict on the sunscreen when I was a kid, and now at 36, I’m constantly worried about every new mole or freckle that pops up.

    So I make sure to keep my girls slathered in kids’ sunscreen at all times.

    But there are so many brands and SPFs and formulas, it can be hard to know which one to pick! Luckily, Consumer Reports gives us some insight every year when they release their findings on sunscreens. This year, the report was pretty troubling. Turns out, 24 of the 73 sun protection products they tested had less than half of the SPF protection their labeling implied. That’s scary when you consider that the SPF number is what most people base their decision to buy a sunscreen on!

    When it comes to kids’ sunscreen, you want to make sure they’re getting the protection from the sun their skin needs.

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