Enjoying the sun usually delights children and adults alike. There are, however, a few requirements to relish in the warm sunshine without causing harm to the skin. Especially when we’re talking about babies and kids, it is important to avoid the most intense sun hours and block UV rays with protective clothing, accessories and, of course, sunblock. There are more options to choose from than you’d ever ask for, so we bring a quick guide with the best options of baby and kid’s sunscreen.
The best sunscreens for infants and kids are here!
Sunscreen for newborns and infants
For infants under 6 months old
It is pretty much established that infants under six months should be kept out of direct sun exposure. However, fully avoiding sunlight in a hot climate or during the summer months can be too big of a challenge. If for any reason, you cannot avoid bringing your baby outdoors and your healthcare professional approves of it, then you need a sunscreen that is safe for newborns and infants. This selection features formulations that are suitable to be used from birth (except for premature babies).
Featuring 100% mineral filters, Bioderma Photoderm Mineral Fluide Allergic Skin SPF50+ is ideal to protect sensitive skin from UV radiation. Suitable for the whole family, this non-greasy and water-resistant spray protects highly sensitive and atopic skin without irritating it. These mineral filters are micronized, which improves spreadability and makes the formula easy to apply, leaving no white traces behind.
Suitable for the face and body of the baby, Uriage 1st Mineral Cream SPF50+ is a mineral sunscreen that is especially recommended for intolerant and sensitive skin. Also suitable for the whole family, this non-greasy cream texture is rapidly absorbed all the while ensuring maximum protection as well as safety and tolerance. Apply it generously in order to protect the most fragile skin from UVA and UVB radiation.
A sunscreen stick is essential to reapply sunscreen without any trouble! SVR Sun Secure Stick Mineral SPF50+ presents a mineral formulation for the most convenient application. Ultra-portable as well as extremely practical, this sunscreen is suitable for the whole family and leaves no white traces. Equally important, the formula is biodegradable and won’t sting the eyes.
Sunscreen for toddlers
For babies under 3 years old
For babies under 3 years old
Even though babies and children need specific sunscreen to safely engage in outdoor activities, they’re probably not enjoying as much the sunscreen application part. It is important to choose one that is easy, safe and even fun to apply and reapply! And, don’t forget, that even finding the perfect ally, the most important tip is to avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. The following options were developed for babies and are the best help in protecting their delicate skin!
Hydrating like a cream and refreshing like a gel, ISDIN Fotoprotector Pediatrics Gel Cream SPF50+ features both a water and friction-resistant formula to outlive every activity in the sun. Tested under dermatological and pediatric control, this sunblock is suitable for the skin of the face and body as well as for all skin types, including sensitive and atopic skin.
With a practical spray handle, Eucerin Sun Sensitive Protect Kids Spray SPF50+ manages to soothe and protect sensitive skin at the same time. Featuring Advanced Spectral Technology coupled with antioxidants, this formula shields the skin with broadband and photostable UVA and UVB filters, for very high UV protection. Even with an extra water-resistant formulation, you should reapply frequently in order to keep the skin well protected. But worry not, that shouldn’t be a problem with this useful spray applicator!
Applying sunscreen was never so fun! Noreva Bergasol Expert Children’s Velvet Cream SPF50+ presents a blue formula that is sure to amuse children during the summer holidays. Equally important, it allows for a safe application, as you will always know whether your child is perfectly protected. The filters provide broad-spectrum protection against UV, visible and infrared light while Sensitiv Protect stimulates the skin’s natural defenses against UV rays.
For kids over 3 years old
Their baby skin days are behind, and now you need a competent sunscreen to protect the skin of your preschooler. Hopefully, by now your kid is already acquainted with sunscreen and easily engages in good sun protection habits. If they still need some convincing, we have some pretty interesting packagings and presentation choices that may be interesting enough to catch their curious eyes and minds!
Another product with a playful and easy-to-use presentation for kids is Heliocare 360 Pediatrics Atopic Lotion Spray SPF50. It was specially formulated to provide hydration and to shield the sensitive and atopic skin of babies and children, containing hydrating actives that help protect the skin barrier.
A spray is always a great idea to allow a practical application on kids. Avène Solar Spray for Children SPF50+ grants very high factor UVA/UVB protection without creating a white film over the skin. Ideal for children’s sensitive skin, this milky texture with waterproof resistance is all you need for a perfect summer vacation.
Specially developed for kids, Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Kids Sun Cream SPF50+ features a water-resistant and hypoallergenic formula in order to minimize allergy risk. It is, thus, ideal for all skin types, including very sensitive, fair and sun intolerant skin. Apply and reapply generously, especially after swimming or toweling to maintain the skin well protected.
Just as important as to know how to keep the children’s skin safe during the summer vacation, is to learn all you need to know about baby skincare. Good skincare and diligent skin protection are halfway to healthy skin!
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