What’s the Fuss about Sunscreen?

With all of the publicity regarding sunscreen, it is imperative that you make sure the sunscreen that you use on your kids is as powerful as it claims to be.

In a recent report back in May of 2016, a study revealed that almost half of the sunscreen products that are sold in the United States have a lower SPF than what is stated on the label.

In the latest report, 13 of the 35 sunscreen products that were tested did not live up to the claims and were less than 30 SPF, which is what is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. The worst of the bunch were Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, CVS Kids Sun Lotion, and Sting-Free Lotion. All were labeled SPF 50 but only had an SPF 8.

Powell Pediatrics recommends that you use a sunscreen that contains ecamsule and avobenzone as it will perform better than so-called natural ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

When in doubt, contact Powell Pediatrics who may be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to sunscreen.