Choosing the right sunscreen for your child is important to protect their delicate skin from harmful UV rays. Here are some tips to help you choose the best sunscreen for your child:
Look for a sunscreen with a high SPF: SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, measures a sunscreen’s ability to block UVB rays. It is recommended that you choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to ensure that your child is getting adequate protection. We usually recommend one that is 45 or higher.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen: A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays, which are both harmful to your child’s skin. Look for a sunscreen that specifically states that it is broad-spectrum.
Consider your child’s skin type: If your child has sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. If your child has eczema or other skin conditions, consult with their pediatrician before choosing a sunscreen.
Pick a water-resistant sunscreen: Children are active and likely to sweat or play in water, so choose a sunscreen that is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. This will ensure that the sunscreen stays on even when they are sweating or in the water.
Avoid harmful ingredients: Look for a sunscreen that is free of harmful ingredients such as oxybenzone, which can cause skin irritation and may be harmful to the environment.
Check the expiration date: Sunscreens can lose their effectiveness over time, so make sure to check the expiration date before using it on your child.
Consider the application method: Sunscreens come in a variety of forms, such as lotion, spray, or stick. Choose the one that works best for your child and makes it easy for you to apply it evenly and thoroughly.
Want to know which ones I use for my kids? Water Babies by Coppertone and for the one with sensitive skin I use Blue Lizard. Remember to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
By following these tips, you can choose the best sunscreen for your child and keep them protected from the sun’s harmful rays.