How to choose the right sunscreen products for children when taking children to the beach in summer?
1. Adults need sunscreen, and children need it even more than adults.
Because children’s skin is not fully developed and is only 1/3 as thick as that of adults, their ability to resist UV rays is weak. When exposed to the sun without protection, they are more likely irritated and suffer from dryness, redness, and itchiness. In addition, it also increases the risk of skin cancer later in life.
2. Never apply adult sunscreens to children; instead, buy sunscreens designed for children.
This is because regular adult sunscreens contain alcohol, fragrances, coloring, and skin tone-modifying ingredients, and these complex formulations may irritate your children’s skin and cause allergic reactions.
3. Parents may worry that sunscreen products harm their children’s skin.
But sunscreens for children mostly contain zinc oxide, tin oxide, and titanium dioxide. They work mainly by covering the skin and reflecting UV rays to achieve the sunscreen effect and not harm children’s skin.
4. When shopping for children’s sunscreen, remember this rule: safety is paramount.
Look for sunscreens with the word ‘Physical’ on the packaging, as they are generally purely physical sunscreens that are relatively safe and gentle for children.
5. Do not buy spray-on sunscreen products, which children can quickly inhale into their respiratory tract.
These chemicals may induce allergies, especially in younger children. Symptoms can also be more severe in the event of an allergy as children’s immune and respiratory systems are not fully developed. If sunscreen sprays are the only option available, never spray directly on your children’s face, but spray on your own hands and then help your child apply it to their face.
6. Do not buy unknown brands, but prioritize big brands such as Thinkbaby and Anessa, which have been tested by time and the market and are more reliable in terms of safety. They are also not expensive.
7. When shopping, it is not enough to consider the brand and packaging; you should also read the ingredients carefully.
As children have delicate skin, benzophenone may cause allergies in some children, so sunscreens with this ingredient are best avoided. Also, avoid choosing sunscreens containing alcohol and fragrance and all elements that may cause allergies.
8. If you have already bought sunscreen with benzophenone, fragrance, alcohol, and ingredients of the sort, for safety reasons, you can apply it behind your children’s ears to test it out and wait 10 minutes to observe if any allergic reaction has occurred. Then, stop using it immediately if there is itching and redness; if there is no adverse reaction, you can use it on your children.
9. For playing at the beach, it is recommended to choose a children’s formula sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and cover the UVA and UVB spectrum to give your children complete protection against both sunburn and tanning. Note that sunscreens with too high an SPF are not recommended, as the higher the SPF, the more irritating it is to the skin.
10. If you are taking your children to the beach, it is best to choose a waterproof sunscreen.
Waterproof sunscreens are usually labeled on the packaging when they are waterproof and sweatproof (for example, for 80 minutes). Once this time is exceeded, you will need to reapply it promptly. In addition, longer waterproofing time does not make the product better. Too much water resistance can irritate the skin and, in some cases, cause post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. You should also choose your children’s sunscreen according to the time they will be playing outdoors.
11. Some sunscreens are designed to be used by adults and children.
And are safe to use on children as long as it is a physical sunscreen with a creamy texture and no irritating ingredients.
12. When applying sunscreen to children, it is essential to remember one rule: use a sufficient amount and spread it evenly. Otherwise, the effectiveness of the sunscreen will be significantly reduced.
According to international standards for human trials of sunscreens, adults should apply sunscreen about the size of one coin to their face each time to protect themselves from the sun, while the amount for children is half that of adults, i.e., half the size of one coin applied to the face is sufficient.
13. Be aware that ‘ sufficient ‘ does not mean that the more sunscreen you apply, the better.
If you apply too much, it will increase the burden on your skin and cause more skin problems, so make sure you use the right amount to ensure it is not too heavy or sticky.
14. If the sunscreen you bought has a heavy texture, do not use circular motions to apply.
As it is less likely to spread, apply it in a center-outwards direction for better spreading.
15. Instead of applying sunscreen right before going out, which may affect the effectiveness of the sunscreen, apply the sunscreen half an hour before going out.
The aim is not to leave the skin absorption stable but to allow the product to form a sunscreen film on top of the skin to achieve the best sun protection. In addition, children tend to sweat easily, which can affect the effectiveness of sunscreen, so it is recommended to reapply sunscreen all over the body at least once every two hours.
16. When applying sunscreen to your children, it is not necessary to use the cream first, but it depends on your children’s skin condition.
You can apply it to their skin if it is not dry. Sunscreen for children can be used all over the body. Apply to areas that are easy to overlook, such as the neck, arms, legs, and face.
17. It is best to wash it off your children as soon as you get home and not wait until bedtime.
Remember, do not use make-up remover on your children, as it can irritate the skin. If it is not a waterproof sunscreen, wash it with warm water or wipe it off with a wet tissue. If it is a waterproof sunscreen, soak it for longer with body soap for children.
18. Finally, sunscreen alone may not be effective enough to protect your children from the sun.
If the sun is too intense, you can also protect your children’s delicate skin by pairing it with a sun hat or sun protection clothing.
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