Sunscreen: What you may be missing

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It's a simple task that seems impossible to mess up.

Sprays are popular because they're quick and easy. However, what people may not know about sunscreen sprays is that the wind blows most of it away before it can stick to your skin, making it not as effective.

To increase the effectiveness of sprays, always rub them in even if the label on the bottle says otherwise.

When it comes to putting sunscreen on kids, experts have a few tips for parents:

  • Children's skin is more sensitive than adults and can burn before showing any signs of redness. If your child's skin does get red it's best to head in for the day to prevent further burns
  • When it comes to sunscreen, doctors recommend at least SPF 50 on children
  • Make sure you cover their hairline
"Another thing to keep in mind is their part where their hair is. Be sure you cover that as well because that can get sunburned and be very tender," says Family Nurse Beth Brothers of Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

Doctors also recommend heading outside in the early morning or evening when the sun isn't as harsh to avoid a sunburn.

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