Have you vacationed this summer and if so wherever you go you have probably had some sun exposure? Whether you are at the beach, in the mountains or out sightseeing it is important to make sure you are using sunscreen on a regular basis and that means all of the kids as well.

I am happy that I find more and more of my patients and their parents using sunscreen on a regular basis.  At this time of year it is a good idea to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen on your child to just start off the day.  I would always use a SPF of at least 30. Again, this is just for a normal day as your child may be in and out of the house, or on the playground at day camp, or day care.  Remember, this is just the “base” coat, and not enough for prolonged sun exposure.

While I was planning on some sun exposure during vacationing I came across an article about different apps that are available to help you calculate how much sun exposure you are getting and the risk of sunburn as well. Who knew how many different ones were available?  

You can use these apps and actually type in your location and your child’s skin type and then they calculate how long you can be in the sun. The apps also recommend sunscreen strengths as well.  Some of the apps actually have a timer to remind you how much longer you can be in the sun and when to reapply sunscreen.  How clever is this to use, especially for a teen who is spending the day at the lake and never seems to “remember” to reapply sunscreen.

I have decided that I am going to download a few of these apps and try them out over the next several weeks and see what I think.

Bottom line....keep re-applying sunscreen for any lengthy sun exposure...you don’t need an app for that advice.