Top Tips for Sun Safety
Here Comes the Sun! Is Your Child Protected?
There is a lot of buzz surrounding sunscreen safety these days. So let’s take a deeper dive to determine what is most important when choosing a safe sunscreen and considering general sun safety.
Many sunscreen chemicals are absorbed into our skin and make their way into our bloodstream, which has a direct impact on our health. When selecting the right sunscreen for you and your family, here are several things to keep in mind and look out for:
- Avoid chemical sunscreens and instead opt for mineral sunscreens; mineral sunscreens use zinc-oxide and titanium zinc-oxide, in the form of nano-particles, which are much less likely to penetrate the skin. This makes it a safer, yet effective, ingredient choice.
- Make sure the label reads “Broad Spectrum”; this label indicates it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Opt for SPF of at least 15-30. Products containing SPF50 or higher are believed to provide poorer quality sun protection, according to sun safety experts.
- Avoid sunscreens including insect repellent, as this can effect the quality of the product. If you need to apply insect repellent, it’s recommended you do so following sunscreen application.
- For children 6 months and older, apply a liberal amount of sunscreen (half a shot glass worth) covering exposed skin at least 15-30 minutes prior to being in the sun. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and each time after exiting the water, even if the sunscreen states it is waterproof.
- For babies, you may have heard it said that applying sunscreen prior to 6 months of age is not recommended, however the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) is now saying small amounts are okay if you’re expecting to be in the sun for extended periods of time. (Consult with your doctor regarding sunscreen application for babies under 6 months)
General Sun Safety Guide:
- When possible, stay inside during peak sun hours (10am to 4pm).
- When outside, utilize available shaded areas.
- Keep skin covered as much as possible, with tight-weaved clothing.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses. For baby, sunglasses are said to provide up to 99% UVA and UVB protection.
- Never drape a blanket over baby’s stroller, as this poses a risk for overheating. Instead, utilize built in sun shades on strollers, etc.
These tips are brought to you by a local mama, Lindsey Tees. Lindsey is partnered with Beautycounter, a Santa Monica based company. Beautycounter offers safe products fit for women, men and children. Beautycounter’s main aim is to educate consumers on the need for safer ingredients in our everyday care products, all while actively advocating for more health-protective laws in the beauty industry. Lindsey has been involved with Beautycounter since July 2015 and loves helping families make the switch to safer products.
You can contact Lindsey directly here or browse her website for more information.