We all know we need to protect our skin from the sun to avoid permanent damage, but for children it is even more important to ensure their delicate young skin is shielded from harsh UV rays.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a formula which suits your child's needs, so I've put together this guide to natural sunscreens for kids. While daily sun protection is extremely important for all of us, it is essential for protecting kids' delicate young skin to avoid overexposure and sunburn. Natural sunscreens are ideal for providing physical mineral protection from the sun's harsh rays, but children sometimes dislike the texture, smell or feel of certain formulas, making those especially designed for young skin a great choice for fussy kids.
Can natural sunscreen be used on babies?
For young children and babies under a year old, it is generally recommended that the best form of sun protection is to keep them completely out of direct sunlight with protective clothing, such as hats and long sleeves, and plenty of shade.1 Sunscreen can be used on exposed areas including the face and hands, but for children under 6 months we recommend checking with your healthcare professional before use.
Natural kids sunscreen
Life Basics - SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen
Perfect for the whole family, the Life Basics - SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that is nice and easy to apply and can be used on both the face and body. Hydrating and nourishing, it contains soothing Calendula, Rosehip and Green Tea to protect delicate young skin, while Zinc provides a physical barrier of protection from UVA and UVB rays.
Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
Designed to rub in clear, the Little Urchin Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 offers broad spectrum protection with three hours' water resistance. Calming Shea Butter, Jojoba and Green Tea soften and smooth skin while also providing cooling relief. Non-greasy, it can be used on young children and babies over six months, and is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Eco logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+
Ideal for children and babies over 6 months, the Eco logical Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ is specially formulated for sensitive skin with nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Jojoba and Cucumber as well as Beeswax to help create a water resistant barrier for up to three hours. Hypoallergenic and non-greasy, it can be used daily for long-lasting sun protection.
Natural Instinct Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF30
With a visible layer of protection so you can see where it has been applied, the Natural Instinct Natural Kids Sunscreen SPF30 is three hours water-resistant, providing reliable physical protection from the sun. With soothing Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Grapeseed Oil, it also moisturises skin to help prevent dryness.
With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.
Source: 1 Better Health.