Water Safety &
Supervision Training:
Preventing Drowning in Child Care

Workshop Information & Schedule

Sunscreen Info

Sun Facts            

Sunscreen Ratings

    › Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50 - $1.33/application (fl. oz.)
    › Coppertone Water babies SPF 50 (lotion) - $1.14/application (fl. oz.)
    › Up & Up (Target) Sport Continuous Spray 30 - $0.87/application (fl. oz.) Brand name changed

  • Research indicates that one or more severe, blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence can double the risk of skin cancer later in life.

  • Most people do not apply enough sunscreen to achieve the claimed SPF; many apply only 0.5 to 1 mg/cm2, which would give a sunscreen with a labeled SPF of 15 a true SPF of 3 to 7. The average adult needs one ounce, a shot-glass full, of sunscreen to cover exposed areas with sunscreen.

  • Water-resistant (formerly "waterproof") formulations maintain sunburn protection for at least 80 minutes. Sweat-resistant formulations maintain sunburn protection after up to 30 minutes of heavy perspiration. All sunscreen products should be reapplied every 2 hours. Reapply, reapply, reapply.

  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before the exposure (2 hours if using PABA-containing products). Do not skimp. Reapply after swimming, toweling, sweating, or other activities that may result in the washing away or removal of the sunscreen.

  • Sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 are recommended. Although, an SPF of 30 is not twice as protective as an SPF of 15. An SPF of 15 protects from 93% of the UVB radiation while an SPF of 30 provides 97% protection.

  • Broad-Spectrum sunscreens are highly recommended. Many sunscreens do not protect against UVA. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are currently available that protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. UVA radiation exposure has been associated with skin cancer.

  • Up to 80% of the UV rays pass through clouds. So it is necessary to wear sunscreen even on overcast days. Snow, water and sand reflect the UV rays.

  • The FDA requires sunscreen to be shelf stable (unopened) at original strength for three years, unless otherwise noted on the bottle. However, opening the product, or exposing it to heat from the sun or a warm storage space can cause changes in the lotion that shorten its lifespan.

  • If you notice any separation of the lotion or a change in consistency, throw it out and get a new bottle.

  • The majority of UV ray exposure during a person's life will be during childhood.

  • UV exposure is cumulative. The radiation that a child receives will stay with them for life.

  • The combination of bug spray and sunscreen is controversial. In the application to children, it is best to apply sunscreen to skin and lotions containing DEET (the typical active ingredient in bug spray) to clothing. Lotions containing bug spray and sunscreen can reduce the effectiveness of the SFP by 1/3.



This workshop is provided with funding from DCYF / Child Development Bureau

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