While it is hard to know what will kill you first, the chemicals in sunscreen or the sun, I still feel that it is important to use sunscreen on children when they are spending a day in the sun. In our family, there is always a bottle of Coppertone Water Babies, SPF 50 or higher in the car. We apply it at the pool, beach or even just a day on the farm or hiking. Anywhere I feel my children will be exposed to the sun for more than 20 minutes. This classic sunscreen offers an easy to apply, broad spectrum, waterproof protection with a decent smell. Occasionally my son complains that it is burning his eyes, but that is more an issues of applying sunscreen to a 3 year old vs. the sunscreen itself. I will say that in general I avoid spray on sunscreens because I feel you can easily think you are covered but you aren’t. I feel better knowing that I have covered every inch of my children with rub on sunscreen.
I am a mother of two and survivor of a very scary malignant melanoma diagnosis. I was diagnosed in my early thirties. Since that day, I have been working to change my lifestyle and incorporate sun blocking effective products into my daily life to create a new reality of living in the sun... my "sunality." I want to pass along this information to others who are facing the same lifestyle changes and challenges. You can still live a normal life and protect yourself from the deadly effects of the sun.