We all know how important it is to never let our children stay in the sun without giving them a sunscreen. But the type of lotion we choose is just as important, so that it is effective for the delicate skin of the children.
Is it good to look for the cheapest cream or look for a more expensive product? It is just one of the questions a mother asks for the ideal sun protection for her child.
there it is 6 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy A Sunscreen Lotion!
The sun protection factor
The sun protection factor (SPF) is the first thing most of us look for on the label of the sun protection product.
SPF ranges from 15 to 50+, the highest values being the ones that offer the best protection against solar radiation. For the little ones to have the best protection against sunburn, the lotions that have SPF 30 or 50 + are the most suitable.
UVA and UVB rays: what's the difference?
Another aspect we need to consider is whether the lotion offers protection against both ultraviolet type B (UVB) rays, those responsible for the appearance of sunburns, but also against those of type A (UVA), which penetrates the skin deeply, leading to premature aging.
If the lotion offers this double protection, then it is safe for the little ones, because it is a broad spectrum protection.
Most children love to rock, so this should be taken into consideration when choosing the protective factor. Choose a lotion that is water resistant, so that you make sure it offers protection and when the little one is free. Note, however, that the lotion must be reapplied after the baby comes out of the water.
Any parent should also know that a sunscreen should be applied to the skin every two hours.
Children's skin can become more sensitive when exposed to the sun, being more prone not only to sunburn but also to allergies. A hypoallergenic sunscreen is ideal for babies and children. Carefully read all the ingredients that the lotion contains and make sure that its composition does not include substances such as parabens or other chemicals that are dangerous to the skin of children. The more natural the ingredients are, the less the baby is less exposed to allergies or dermatitis.
Neither do perfumes have to be found on the list of sunscreen ingredients, as they can trigger an allergic skin reaction.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
When you look at the label of the protective lotion, keep in mind that among the ingredients that should be included in the component are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. There are two substances that make sure that the skin of the little ones is well protected, they remain active on the surface of the skin.
Do not buy a product on the packaging that has not expired. Most sunscreen creams and lotions have a shelf life of 12-24 months, but this should be clearly stated on the packaging.
The sunscreen should not be used from the moment it expires, because it will have no protective effect. At the same time, you must make sure that the container is kept in cool places, not in direct sunlight.
As for the price, not always very expensive means the guarantee of quality. Therefore, no matter what the cream costs, you have to make sure you find on the label everything you need to know about the ingredients, the degree of protection, but also the term of validity.
Parents should keep in mind that using a sunscreen does not mean that little ones can stand in the sun between 11am and 4pm, when the danger of radiation is highest. The little ones have to wear a hat that covers their head, and the summer clothing must be a light one, of good quality materials, which let the skin breathe.
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