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Waiting between sunscreen application and entering the water

As a parent I know how difficult it can be to get your child to stand still at the beach or a pool for two two minutes while you rub them down with sunscreen.
However, studies have shown that the thirty seconds it takes for you to finish gooping them up until they enter the water with a splash is enough to render most sunscreens ineffective.
As it turns out, sunscreen needs at least 15 minutes to be soaked into your skin.
Therefore, I recommend applying sunscreen to your kids long before the water is in site.
Whenever we go to the shore, a 2 hour drive from our home, I apply my kid's sunscreen in the bathroom of the last rest stop, about a 25 minute drive from our destination. This way, the kids aren't anywhere near as antsy and miserable throughout the process. By the time we get to the beach they are free to run straight into the water. Plus, they almost enjoy the ritual now because it's just builds the anticipation of a day on the shore.
Also, I've noticed that this saves the need for contsant reapplication. I used to have to rub my kids down with sunscreen at least 3 times on a six hour trip to the beach. When I allow at least 15 minutes for the lotion to saturate the skin before they entering the water, they only need about 2 applications each. So when your kid comes out of the water for a lunch or sand castle break in the shade, goop them up so that they are good to go back into the sun.

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