Being the CEO of your kids’ sun care is hardly a beachy gig. But these tips from a dermatologist may make the endless "squirt-rub-and-repeat" cycle easier, so you can spend less time lathering and more time relaxing.
Solution: Remember: “The more you cover her up with clothing, the less sunscreen she’ll need,” says Karyn Grossman, M.D., a dermatologist with practices in Los Angeles and New York City. “Protective gear, like long-sleeved rash guards, is a really easy way to go.” For the remaining exposed skin, use whatever means necessary to get the job done. Some parent-tested tactics: Hand over a phone cued up with an enthralling app, squirt on the sunscreen in silly shapes, or offer an incentive like a sticker upon completion.
Solution: Around that ultra-sensitive area, use a water-resistant stick. "The water resistance will keep it from dissolving when it comes in contact with the moisture of his eyes," says Dr. Grossman.
Solution: Pack a small bottle of baby powder in your beach bag—it works like magic to remove stubborn sand from skin. If you have a baby or a toddler, consider bringing an inflatable pool with you to keep under your umbrella. Fill it with water so you can rinse off your sandy child, towel her dry, and then apply a generous new layer of spray-formula sunscreen to her body.