The American Cancer Society notes that more than 2 million cases of skin cancer occur annually in the United States - that's a higher figure per year than all the other cancers combined. It's also a fact that 80% of lifetime sun damage occurs during childhood and sunburns in childhood are linked to skin cancer in adulthood. You can limit sun exposure somewhat by avoiding the sun during peek hours (10am to 4pm) and have your child wear protective clothing, but honestly these tactics aren't enough. Your child also needs to use safe sunscreen
. The correct way for a child to wear sunscreen is to wear 1/2 ounce to one ounce of sunscreen whenever he's outside (year-round, not just in summer) and it should be re-applied every two hours. Your child needs sunscreen because he should be outside playing often. Outdoor play is healthy
for kids - at a super bare minimum of 10 hours a week. Between time outside and proper sunscreen applications, your child needs 130-260 ounces of sunscreen per year. If your child is using less sunscreen either he's not outside enough
, you're not using enough sunscreen
or you're only letting your child outside at night (which we don't recommend obviously). Kids should be allowed to be kids, which means a healthy dose of outside play, even when it's sunny. Keep reading to see how much safe sunscreen really costs and see our favorite more affordable, safe sunscreen options to try.