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Sun Protection: 9 Things to Know

Spring is here! Sun protection is important all year round, but it is especially important now that the weather is warming up and we are all spending more time outside. Here are a few tips from the Children's Mercy Dermatology Team.

  • Physical (mineral) sunscreens are the safest – look for the ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
  • Look for a broad spectrum (UVA & UVB) coverage sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every 2 hours, or more often with swimming or sweating – and make sure to apply enough!
  • Stay inside or in the shade between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Cover skin with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and sun protective clothing (swim shirt or rash guard shirt).
  • Most people know that a sun burn is harmful to the skin, but a tan is also harmful and is a sign of damage to the skin.
  • Sun protection is important on sunny days, cloudy days, and all year round.
  • UVA rays can come through car windows and through clouds.
  • Moms and Dads, don’t forget to protect your own skin, too!


Learn more about The Pediatric Dermatology Department at Children's Mercy.