Choose right sunscreen for your kids

Children spend a lot of time outdoors in summers, thus they get highly exposed to sun rays which aren’t good for them. To ensure their safety and protect them from sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer, parents must make their kids wear sunscreen.

Selection of an apt sunscreen for children is a very difficult job. Many questions arise in minds of parents like, which SPF is right? Is a spray all right? Is it the right age for their child to wear a sunscreen?

The sunscreen with ingredients including Oxybenzone (a hormone disruptor) and retinal palmitate (which could actually amplify sun damage) must be avoided.

The CDC has recommended families to avoid using sunscreen products containing nanoparticles. It doesn’t know much about their impacts on kids to recommend their use.

The safest sunscreens are the ones containing the metal oxides like titanium or zinc, but they could be expensive. When they are applied, a whitish cast appears on the skin.

Parents should opt for sunscreens that protect against UVA and UVB rays. They must choose the products with imprinted terms ‘broad spectrum’ or ‘multi spectrum’ on the label.

Another problem is selecting the right SPF. A sunscreen in the 30-50 SPF range should be used. Any product with more than 50 SPF doesn’t clearly offer any extra benefits and in fact could damage skin. Furthermore, sunscreens with SPFs over 50 are likely more expensive.

In places, including Europe, Canada and Australia sunscreens over 50 SPF are not allowed. The Environmental Working Group said that SPFs over 50 have a higher tendency of improper usage. They don’t provide good balance between UVA and UVB rays as provided by lower SPF sunscreens, and could also pose health risks due to the higher concentration of chemicals in them.

According to a story published on the topic by Denver Post, “Summer means time at the pool, hanging out in the backyard and lots of outdoor play. And with school about to let out (or did it for you already?), kids are going to be soaking up rays in general. To keep them safe from sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer, parents need to ensure that their kids wear sunscreen.”

But choosing a sunscreen for children is not as easy as wandering into your local drugstore. Which SPF is right? Is a spray all right? What do all of the ingredients mean? Is my child even old enough to use sunscreen?

Sonya Lunder, a senior research analyst from the Environmental Working Group says that the best way to protect yourself and your kids from harmful UV radiation it to wear protective clothing, ensure time in the shade and avoid being out at times when the sun is strongest, whenever possible. However, if you are going outside when the sun is shining, sunscreen should be an essential part of your day, and choosing the right sunscreen is important since some can do more harm than good. Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group puts out a trusted annual guide to sunscreens to help you navigate the sunscreen aisle.

“Studies show that women of color’s skin cancer rates are going up and as a matter of fact skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. This year alone over 3.5 million people will be diagnosed and 2.2 million treated per year (facts from It’s Skin Cancer Awareness month, but also with the end of memorial day, summer is officially here. Here are different ways you can protect yourself and prevent it from happening to you,” according to a news report published by Pix11.

So many women of color won’t use SPF because they know that it leaves a white cast from the titanium dioxide. It can leave darker skin looking extremely ashy. Lumixyl SPF thought of that, they have found a way to micronized the titanium dioxide of the SPF so it won’t leave skin looking white. Their SPF applies invisibly on any shade of skin and leaves skin feeling so silky you can actually skip your primer.

If you are bad about applying sunscreen, I always tell women to make sure they use makeup with SPF. The problem is that many foundations with SPF can leave darker skin with a gray or ashy cast. Enter this one. This one not only contains SPF 15, but doesn’t leave that gross ash, but it’s fragrance free, and gives 17 hours of non greasy wear, so your skin will be matte (super important during the summer months when skin can get greasy)

A report published in Care2 said, “The sun is back. Winter has released its grasp and we can reemerge, squinting, out into the daylight. As you begin to spend more time outdoors, you need become more sun-conscious. However, the sun isn’t the only thing you need to be conscious about. Many commercial sunscreens contain toxic ingredients that you are better off avoiding.”

The Environmental Working Group has released their 10th annual Sunscreen Guide to make it easier to find healthy, natural sunscreens that will protect you from sun overexposure, while keeping harmful chemicals out of your system. Here are 3 essential tips the EWG offers to make sure your sunscreen is as safe as possible.

Sunscreens touting a sun protection factor of 50 or higher may not be significantly more protective than a sunscreen with a lower SPF rating. Unfortunately, many consumers are misled by the SPF claims, which puts them in danger of sun overexposure because they think their sunscreen is significantly more protective. SPF 60 is not twice as protective as SPF 30. It doesn’t work like that. The protective factor increase is minimal and not worth the extra price. Stick to SPF 30 or 45 and reapply regularly for the best protection.

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