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How Sunscreen Works

Kids.GovWashington, D.C. – Everyone needs some sun exposure; it’s our primary source of vitamin D, which helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. It doesn’t take long for most people to get the vitamin D they need.

Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, and immune system suppression.

During the summer, kids can rack up a lot of time outdoors in the sun, so it is especially important to teach kids good sun safety habits.

Sunscreen is a good way to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. The US Food and Drug Administration recommends using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 and with “broad spectrum protection” on the label.

Sunscreens won’t protect your kids completely. Teach your kids these SunWise Kids Tips for extra protection. Here is a fun game (flash required) kids can play to teach them about sun safety.


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