Children’s skin is very sensitive to sun rays, and their skin is also more likely to absorb the ingredients in the sunscreen than the skin of an adult. It may sound like a positive thing: the more ingredients can be absorbed, the more protection kids will have, but parents should carefully check all ingredients listed.
Sunscreens use either physical barriers to reflect the sun’s rays or chemical absorbers to soak up UV radiation before it reaches the skin. Since many regular sunscreen products contain dangerous chemicals, look for products containing natural ingredients.
Natural sunscreen products can protect your children’s delicate skin, providing the most UVB and UVA protection without the use of these dangerous chemicals. Natural products use highly effective ingredients and are unlikely to irritate even the most sensitive skin.
Babies are best protected with clothing rather than sunscreen and babies under 6 months old should be kept out of the sun altogether. Don’t forget sunglasses to protect eyes against sun damage.
As always, sun lotion should be applied to the skin approximately 30 minutes before going outside and be sure to re-apply frequently if sun exposure is to continue. Re-apply after swimming or excessive perspiration. Remember: using a towel to dry your kids may remove most sunscreen. In addition, check the SPF, Sun Protection Factor, which grades the ability of a sunscreen to filter out UVB rays. The higher the number, the more protection you get.
Enjoy and have fun in the sun while protecting your kids with all natural sunscreen.
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