Social media and other online tools have change the way people seek from sunburns and share health information. Recent consumer interest in natural, organic, and ethically made personal care products has led to an increase of share recipes for homemade products including sunscreen.

A new study conduct by researchers at the Center for Injury Research; also Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Brooks College of Health at University of North Florida examine how homemade sunscreens were portrayed on Pinterest. The study, find that nearly all (95%) pins, or bookmarks; for homemade sunscreen for sunburns positively portray the effectiveness of homemade sunscreens; also most (68%) recommended recipes for homemade sunscreens that offered insufficient UV radiation protection.

Broad spectrum protection

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) claims were made in a third of pins with a range of SPF 2 to SPF 50. This is concerning because the ingredients recommend in homemade sunscreen pins offer minimal scientifically prove broad spectrum protection from UV radiation yet are widely share and promote as safe alternatives to commercial sunscreens on Pinterest. The average number of saves for a pin was 808, with one pin being save more than 21,700 times.

The internet is a great place for families to go to for recipe inspiration and arts and crafts projects; but not necessarily for making their own safety relate things,” said Lara McKenzie, Ph.D., co-author of this study and principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s.

Homemade sunscreen products are risky because; so they are not regulate or test for efficacy like commercial sunscreens. When you make it yourself; so you don’t know if it’s safe or effective. With rising skin cancer rates, the use of effective broadband sunscreen is critical to protect the skin from UV radiation; also reduce incidence of skin cancer.

Regularly applying of sunscreen

It often takes a trial of several sunscreens before finding the one that does the job best for your family; so even if that means everyone uses a different type of product. Here are some tips on how to protect your child’s skin: Use an FDA approve sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone 6 months and older wear sunscreen.

Children whose parents regularly apply sunscreen at an early age; which are more likely to continue using sunscreen as teenagers and adults. Make a habit of using sunscreen to set kids up for a lifetime of safely enjoying outdoor activities. Apply early and often. Sunscreen should be apply in a thick layer (about ¼ teaspoon for a toddler’s face), 30 minutes before heading outside and reapply every 2 hours.

For a week long beach vacation, a school age child should go through an entire 8 oz. bottle of sunscreen, applying it twice a day. Throw out expire or old sunscreen. Look for an expiration date on the bottle and throw out expired sunscreen. If there is no expiration date, throw out sunscreen three years after opening. If your sunscreen looks or feels really different it’s much thicker or thinner or the color has changed throw it out.