What should I look for in baby sunscreen?
Find a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) between 15 and 50. Generally, 15 or 30 is fine for most babies. Opt for a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for the most sensitive parts of baby’s bitty body, including the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears, and shoulders.
What ingredients should be in kids sunscreen?
These products typically include a combination of the following ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral sunscreens use ingredients such as zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
What should you avoid in sunscreen?
Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A. Avoid oxybenzone, an ingredient that may behave like estrogen. Oxybenzone penetrates the skin readily and can disrupt the hormone system. Look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX.
Why should you not put sunscreen on a baby?
Avoid sunscreen for babies younger than six months of age. Here’s why it’s not recommended: Babies’ skin may not be able to keep out the chemicals in sunscreen as effectively as older children and adults. Babies’ skin may be more sensitive and more likely to develop rash or irritation.
What sunscreens are bad for kids?
Here are the 14 worst sunscreens marketed for children, according to EWG:
- Banana Boat Kids Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 100 (10)
- Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100 (10)
- Coppertone Foaming Lotion Sunscreen Kids Wacky Foam, SPF 70 (7)
- Coppertone Sunscreen Continuous Spray Kids, SPF 70 (7)
What is the difference between Baby and Kid sunscreen?
Baby and kid sunscreens often have the same active ingredients as the adult versions, but with cuter labeling and marketing. Your kids won’t be more protected with a “baby” SPF 30 sunscreen than with a “regular” SPF 30 sunscreen, if both are water-resistant and have the same active ingredients.
What sunscreens should toddlers avoid?
Avoid products with retinyl palmitate or DEET (which you shouldn’t use on babies under 2 months old anyway). “When retinyl palmitate is combined with the sun, it may lead to increased risk of aging and skin cancers. Plus, there are other UV blockers that cover the spectrum that retinyl palmitate does,” says Dr.