It is never too early to start protecting your children from the sun. Every freckle is sun damage. That is just a fact. Below is some information to help you do what is best for your kids.
General Rules- Always apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside. Water-resistant does not mean you don’t have to reapply again. Every time they come out of the water, apply more sunscreen. I know they won’t like it but they will thank you later!
1. 6 months and younger– Sunscreen is not recommended for infants because their skin is more sensitive. It is extremely important to protect them though. They have very little melanin, the pigment that gives color to skin, eyes and hair and provides some sun protection. This means that infants are more susceptible to sun damage. Protect them with lightweight clothing, shade and keeping them out of the sun (directly and indirectly).
2. 6-12 months– It is now safe to use sunscreen but their skin is still super sensitive. Sticks for the face are great because they tend to not get into the eyes. Sunscreen hurts when it’s in the eyes!
3. Toddlers and up– Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses. Whatever you can do!
UVA/UVB, Broad-Spectrum is best!
EWG*’s List of Worst Sunscreens**:
Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
Banana Boat Ultra Defense Max Skin Protect Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 110
CVS Clear Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100
CVS Kids Wet & Dry Sunscreen Spray, SPF 70
Neutrogena Wet Skin Spray Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 85+
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 100+
Rite Aid Renewal Extreme Sport Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 70
Rite Aid Renewal Kids Wet Skin Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70
EWG’s List of Best Sunscreens (with average prices):
Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 ($10)
CVS Baby Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($8)
Sunbow Dora the Explorer Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($10)
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen, Fragrance Free, SPF 30 ($12)
Coral Safe Broad Spectrum Face Stick, SPF 30 ($8)
Jason Pure Natural Sun Mineral Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($12)
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive, SPF 30+ ($20)
Tropical Sands Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($16)
Absolutely Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30 ($24)
Aubrey Organics Natural Sun Sunscreen, Green Tea, SPF 30+ ($11)
*Environmental Working Group
**we already know that anything over SPF50 is just chemicals so I am not surprised that all of these sunscreens are on this list
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