Adult sunscreens can be harmful to children

The health of our children includes what we put on their skin.

It might be easier to use your sunscreen on your children, but you’ll be doing more harm than good.

Any drugstore’s sun protection aisle can leave people confused and overwhelmed. A seemingly endless variety of sunscreens beckon: Water-resistant, exercise-ready, sprays, creams, blocks, SPF-loaded sticks, and, of course, kid-specific formulas.

But wait a minute—why do kids need their own type of sunscreen?

It turns out the kids-and-sunscreen issue is more complicated than you might suspect.

First, infants under six months shouldn’t hang in the sun much at all. Babies need to have physical protection such as protective hats and clothing according to dermatologists.

Also there’s the issue that infants have very small bodies, so anything that’s applied topically has a greater chance of penetrating and impacting them systemically. Once they reach about six months it’s considered safe to use a physical protection sunscreen like those containing zinc oxide.

Zinc oxide is a powdered mineral that sits on top of the skin, scattering, reflecting, and absorbing UVA & UVB rays.

The Skin Cancer Foundation (United States) says that zinc has proven to be a safe sunscreen ingredients for little ones. According to their website, “zinc oxide as a sunscreen has a long history of use, and is considered a most protective broad-spectrum sunscreen ingredient.

Again the absorption issue may prompt parents to avoid formulations that contain ingredients such as parabens or preservatives; the skin can absorb the chemicals and could cause a reaction. Some specialists feel even more strongly that parents should avoid chemically-based screens as they are absorbed into the skin in order to protect the skin from UV rays. These chemicals can be harmful in high doses [high SPF factors] to infants and children.

Yes, you have to be careful, but not using sunscreen is the riskiest move.

Zinc oxide is generally the best as it is not absorbed by the skin, making it one of the safest sunscreens for children.

Natu’s sunscreens are made with Zinc Oxide!

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