If you and your children are going to be out in the sun this weekend or you plan on taking them to the beach, please make sure you protect their skin with proper care.

The best way to protect your child's skin is to use both a sunblock and sun protective clothing.

We all know that kids will be kids but it's very important to watch out for their well being and to make sure they use plenty of sunblock.

According to Stanford Children's Health, kids are more likely to develop skin cancer in later years if they have fair skin, moles or freckles, multiple blistering sunburns or a family history of skin cancer.

Exposure to the sun during daily activities and play causes the most sun damage. Over exposure to sunlight before age 18 is most damaging to the skin.

According to the Lansing State Journal, to meet adequate guidelines of the Skin Cancer Foundation seal of recommendation you should be using a product of at least 30 SPF/UPF to protect you and your family's skin during extended exposure.

Another thing to keep in mind is to remember sunblock can wear off after extended use and frequent trips in the water no matter what the SPF is, so always reapply throughout the day.

Once you get over SPF 50, it's only marginally better protection at a higher cost. When shopping for a sunblock it's important to know how sun protection factor SPF works.

If the SPF is 30, it means that 1/30 of the sunlight is getting through to the skin. It's a ratio of sunlight exposure.

Since most of the beaches will be open over the 4th of July weekend, you now have the proper information when it comes to protecting your child's skin with proper care habits. Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.

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