There’s no skin more precious and perfect than your baby’s. That’s why you want to do everything you can to protect your sweet little ones from the sun’s harmful damaging UVA and UVB rays. Naturally, the thing you’re probably most worried about is protecting your babies and toddlers from painful sunburns. But did you know, according to the American Cancer Society (ACA), there’s overwhelming evidence that sunburns early in life, are a major cause of skin cancer in adults? You can read more about skin cancer right here.
The best way to protect your tiny tots is multi-fold. First, limit their exposure to the sun – especially between 10am-2pm, when those damaging rays are at their harshest. Second, cover them up – with a big sun hat and UV protective clothes. Don’t forget to get your sweet babe some sunglasses too, because a baby’s eyes are particularly susceptible to harsh light and reflection, especially in the water. Last, and the whole point of this post, is to slather them in protective sunblock.
If you’re particular about what you put on your baby’s skin, it can be tough, trying to sort out what’s safe when you’re faced with literally hundreds of choices. That’s why we’re devoting this review to organic sunscreen for babies – natural formulas that use mineral based ingredients to keep your baby from getting burned. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the most common and effective. These ingredients spread out on the skin, deflecting and scattering the sun’s rays. They create a natural barrier of protection, without sinking into the skin, or getting into your baby’s system.
So let’s talk about Sun Protection Factor or SPF. What’s most effective, and does a higher number mean you’re doing a better job to protect your baby? Only to a point. As it turns out, the ACA recommends SPF 30 as the best way to keep out 97 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Lots of natural baby sunscreens claim SPF 50 and even higher, but SPF 50 only blocks out 98 percent of the sun’s rays, so in this case, a bigger number isn’t exponentially better.
There’s another organization worth consulting, when you’re looking for the safest and best organic sunscreen for babies. That’s the Environmental Working Group, which rates everything from sunscreens and cosmetics, to food, cleaning products and more, promoting healthier consumer choices, along with civic action. They rate products on a scale from one to ten, and if you see any products rated on the higher ends of the spectrum, they could be downright dangerous. In evaluating the baby sunscreen products for this post, I have only included those rated as ones, the best rating. That means they’re the safest for your baby, with the least worry about harmful chemicals or other ingredients. Just because something is natural doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’s good for you. (Think tobacco here.)
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