When choosing sunscreen for their baby, toddler or toddler, parents generally choose sunscreen using only a few features:
- The highest SPF I can find, usually over 50 or 100+
- A brand for children (Aveeno Baby, Banana Boat Kids, California Baby, Coppertone Kids, Coppertone Waterbabies, Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids, Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby etc.)
Although it is good to use them, they are not really very different from those made for adults, so you don’t necessarily have to buy a separate sunscreen just for your children.
Remember that sunscreen is not better just because it is more expensive. In fact, some of the top sunscreens at a Consumer Reports test were the least expensive, including Up & Up Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 (Target) and Walgreens Sport Continuous Spray SPF 50. All brands of Sun protection More popular Consumer tested However, the reports were good or very good.
Watch it now: Important truths about sunscreen
News in sun protection
While sunscreen sprays have recently been the latest and greatest sunscreen technology that everyone has had to own and try, this year you will find many new types of sunscreen, including those that are:
- No tears
- Foaming lotions
- Wet skin sprays
- Non-greasy or dry lotions that are not comedogenic (do not cause pimples)
Although I generally think a lot of new ideas are just tricks to sell more of the same old products, if you’ve ever put sunscreen on your child’s eye, you’ll appreciate tear-free sunscreen.
The best sunscreens
Things to look for that indicate that you are buying the «best sunscreen» include the following:
- Provides wide spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
- has an SPF of at least 15-30. You could choose a higher SPF, but most experts believe that these sunscreens with high SPF do not provide additional protection. Some experts go so far as to say that the SPF rating should be limited to SPF 30 or SPF 50, which provides protection against 97-98% of UVB rays. However, using sunscreen with a high SPF could provide more protection for parents who do not use enough sunscreen and do not reapply it often enough.
- it is water resistant. Even if you are not going to swim, if your child is outdoors, you are probably sweating, so a waterproof one can provide better protection than regular sunscreen.
- it is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, especially if your child has sensitive skin.
- It is in a form that is easy to use with your child, whether it is a stick, gel, lotion, spray or continuous spray, etc.
The new FDA sunscreen rules have made it easier to choose sunscreen. The new rules require testing of broad-spectrum sunscreen, new labels that make it easier to view all sunscreen ingredients, and restrictions on terms such as waterproof and sweat-resistant.
Broad spectrum sunscreens
Unfortunately, many sunscreens that say they are broad-spectrum are not or do not block the rays of the full UVA spectrum. For good UVA protection, look for sunscreens that include avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide as one of their ingredients, plus one or more. sunscreen ingredients which offers UVB protection.
If your child gets a sunburn, you can look at the list of sunscreen ingredients and choose a different one next time. Be sure to choose one that does not contain PABA. You can also look for one that protects your UVA from sunscreen, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, as they can be less irritating than avobenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient.
Be sure to apply it only on a small area of your child’s skin if you think it may have a reaction to the new sunscreen.
Of all the sun protection ingredients, the ones that can affect some parents are retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and oxybenzone. Although many experts already believe that they are safe, if you are worried, you can choose to avoid them by looking for sunscreen products with different ingredients.
Sunscreen and sunscreen for children
The best sunscreens and sunscreens that have all the features you would look for to protect your children from the sun include:
- AVEENO Baby Natural Wide Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion
- Banana Boat Kids Stick Sun protection SPF 50
- Coppertone Water BABIES Pure and simple sun protection lotion (SPF 50)
- Coppertone KIDS Wet’n Clear Sunscreen Spray (SPF 50)
- Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby faces a broad spectrum of ultra-delicate sunscreen SPF 45+
Parents should avoid sunblocks with low SPF or tanning lotions, which will not provide enough sun protection to their children.
Get extra protection from the sun
Other elements of a good sunscreen plan, in addition to traditional sunscreens, lotions and sprays, should include consideration of having children:
- Wear a hat or cap with a wide-brimmed hat that offers the best protection.
- Apply a lip balm that includes sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
- Use Sunglasses real which blocks 100% of UVA and UVB rays
- Wear tight-fitting clothing or sunscreen with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) from 15 (good sunscreen) to 50+ (excellent sunscreen)
- Avoid medications, when possible, that may make you more sensitive Sun burns.
- Get safer and more alternative forms of vitamin D than unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, including vitamins, milk and other vitamin D-enriched foods.
And be sure to avoid or limit sun exposure when the sun is strongest, from about 10 am to 4 pm