Sun Protection & Safety For the Whole Family

As a part of our Safe Sun Commitment, we want you and your family to be educated on sun protection. We hope this family sun safety guide will help!

Family Sun Protection and Safety Tips from Neutrogena

First things first: SPF 30 for all!

Every family member is different, but one sun care tip stays the same: Use daily Broad Spectrum SPF of at least 30! Sticking to this rule will help keep your entire family's skin protected, rain or shine. Find the right sunscreen for you

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Baby and toddler sun safety

Babies' delicate skin needs extra special sun protection.

No Sunscreen for Babies Under 6 Months

No sunscreen before 6 months

Your infant isn't ready for sunscreen until she is at least 6 months old, so avoid direct sunlight until then and talk to your pediatrician.

No Water for Babies Under 6 Months

No water before 6 months

Drinking water can help hydrate adult skin, but babies can get all the water they need from formula or breast milk. Talk with your pediatrician.

Sunscreen for Babies at 6 Months

Sunscreen at 6 months

For babies 6 months and older, choose a Broad Spectrum physical sunscreen for babies that's gentle and fragrance-free. (Physical sunscreens reflect and absorb harmful UVA/UVB rays.)

Keep baby covered

Dress little ones for the sun in lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Don't forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses!

Baby Sun Safety in the Car

Don't forget the car

Car windows block UVB rays, but damaging UVA rays pass right through. Apply UV-blocking film, and put your baby in the middle seat.

 Sun Safety in the Stroller

Seek shade and shelter

Play outside under trees or shade structures like awnings or gazebos, and add a sunshade or umbrella to your stroller.

Kid Sun Safety

In order for kids to have proper sun safety, sometimes it needs to be a game.

Make Applying Sunscreen a Game

Make it a game

Dot sunscreen all over your kids, and race to see who can rub it in fastest—or let them "paint" each other. Set a timer for when it's time to reapply, and celebrate "sunscreen time" with a snack or special activity.

Spray all day

Try a sunscreen spray formulated to work on wet skin, to keep even the squirmiest kids protected between cannonballs—with no toweling off required. Avoid spraying near your child's face.

Sun Safety at School

Check in at school

Some schools and camps restrict hats, sunglasses and even sunscreen. Get to know the policies in place so you can create a sun protection plan that works for everyone!

Set a Sun Safety Example for Kids

Set a good example

Encourage sun safety by practicing what you preach. Bonus: you'll reduce your own risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Teen Sun Safety

In order to follow sun safety measures, teens may need a little more motivation and push.

Break-out Free Sun Safety

Consider their skin type

Fear of breakouts may cause teens to skip the sunscreen, so suggest break-out-free sun protection.

Teen Sun Protection

Appeal to their vanity

Explain to your teen that sunscreen helps prevent not only skin cancer, but also premature skin aging. Let them pick out sun protection they like and will actually want to wear.

Let Teens Prepare for the Sun

Help them plan ahead

Slip a sports sunscreen into your teen's beach or equipment bag. Choose a non-sticky sunscreen that feels good on skin, so they're more likely to use it!

Teach safer tanning

If your teen can't face summer without a tan, encourage gradual (and sunless) tan-building lotions to avoid harmful tanning bed UV radiation.

Adult Sun Safety

Education is key for adults to follow proper sun safety measures.

Makeup with SPF isn't always Enough

More than makeup

Makeups with SPF are good for everyday protection—but for extended sun exposure, boost your sun safety with a lightweight Broad Spectrum sunscreen.

Over or under?

Does sunscreen go on before or after moisturizer? The correct order: moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation, powder, blush.

Post-Sun Care

After-sun care

Shower and moisturize to gently exfoliate, remove buildup from your skin, prevent irritation and seal in moisture.

Lip Sun Protection & Safety

Pay lip service

Lips have no melanin (their color comes from capillaries near the skin surface). Protect them with lip balm or an opaque lipstick with SPF 15 or higher.