Is that sunscreen really doing the job?

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Our neighborhood pool will open this weekend and we are all ready with new swim suits, floats and sunscreen. I am proud to say that Ellie and I went to the pool almost every day last summer and not once did either of us get sunburned. But this article makes me wonder how protected we really are.

Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't recognize the term "waterproof" when used to describe sunscreen? I have several bottles that make that claim, but in reality they are merely resistant and will provide SPF protection for only about 40 minutes in the water.

What about that SPF number? The sun protection factor only refers to the level of protection against UVB rays. Some products do contain ingredients that block UVA rays as well, but you have to read the label. Look for at least one of these: avobenzone (Parsol 1789), octocrylene, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide, and Mexoryl SX.

The article sorts out other myths of sunscreen protection and is worth taking a look at before you head out for your fun in the sun. See you at the pool!
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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
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