Summer time is here. The kids are out of school, time to hit the pool or the beaches, summer sports is in full force. So whether it is a barbecue outing or a trip in the great out doors, it is important to protect your self as well as your youngsters from the sun. Not to scare you guys with tall tales, but the slowly depleting ozone layer is a major contributing factor in the the growing cases of skin cancer world wide. Today I’m going to share a few of my personal favorite sunscreen both for adults and for kids as well as things to look for when buying a sunscreen.
What To Look For In Sunscreens
Let’s start with Things to look for when buying the ‘right sunscreen. New sunscreen rules from the FDA have made it easier to choose a sunscreen. The new rules require testing for broad-spectrum sunscreens, new labels that is easier to read about all sunscreen ingredients, and restrictions on terms like waterproof and sweatproof. Here are some textbook “facts” to keep in mind:
- Good SPF should provide BOTH broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Unfortunately, many sunscreens that say that they are broad-spectrum really aren’t or don’t block rays from the full UVA spectrum. To get good protection from UVA rays, look for sunscreens that list avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide as one of their ingredients, in addition to one or more sunscreen ingredients that provide UVB protection.
- It has an SPF of AT LEAST 15 to 30. You can probably go for a higher SPF, as I have seen some of these products sold in the store go as high as SPF100, but most experts believe that these high SPF sunscreens don’t provide that much extra protection. Some experts go as far as to say the SPF rating should be capped at SPF 30 or SPF 50, which provides protection against 97 to 98%of UVB rays. Using a high SPF sunscreen might mislead parents into thinking that they don’t need to apply as often and therefore not offering enough protection.
- Should be water-resistant. Even if you aren’t going swimming, if your child is outside, he/she will likely be sweating, so a water resistant will likely provide better protection than a regular sunscreen.
- Is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, especially if your child has sensitive skin (like my son who has very sensitive skin and breakout in hives even when he uses lotion that contains artificial fragrance).
- It should be in a form that is easy to use on your child, whether that means it is a stick, gel, lotion, spray, or continuous spray, etc.
I really like this light weight sunscreen. Took it to Hawaii with me and I would not leave the house without it. The ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica emulsion has Broad Spectrum sunscreen with DNA Repairsomes™ and antioxidants that prevents actinic damage. Very high UVB and UVA protection helps prevent sunburn. Besides sun protection, it also help your skin to prevent visible signs of actinic damage caused by the sun, promoting skin health. The ultra-light emulsion is easily spreadable and instantly absorbed and forms a protective smart pro-shield. It is not chalky and provides a nice smooth texture for the face and other body parts. I primarily like to use it on my face.
This mineral sunscreen is really good! It goes on very light and creamy and doesn’t make you look all white. It stays on very well and is fragrance free. I use the one with higher SPF for the face and on the kids, they love it. The texture is velvety and also non-greasy. I trust the brand and product enough to use it on my kids as well.
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
If there is a product that kills two birds with one stone, it would be the makeup setting spray with SPF. With all the creams and serum and lotions we put on our face, adding makeup on top of that plus sunscreen seems like a lot. I personally hate a cakey face in the summer and this spray not only puts make up in place, it also has an SPF of 50 from the harmful effects of the sun, skin looks healthier-looking. If you like to wear foundation during the summer and want to keep your makeup in place, use this spray to both set the look and provide sun protection.
Kid-Friendly Sunscreen and Sunblock
If your child gets a rash from his sunscreen, you might review the sunscreen ingredient list and choose a different one next time. Make sure to choose one that is PABA free. You might also look for one that gets its UVA protection from a sunblock, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide since they can be less irritating than avobenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient.
Be sure to apply it to just a small area of your child’s skin if you think he might have a reaction to the new sunscreen too. Of all of the sunscreen ingredients, the ones that may concern some parents include retinyl palmitate (vitamin A) and oxybenzone. Although many experts already think they are safe, if you are concerned, you can choose to avoid them by looking for sunscreens with different ingredients. Here are a few sunblock that have all of the characteristics that you would look for to protect your kids from the sun that I personally use and like.
We have been using Supergoop sunscreen for a while and really like it. I got the family sized one with pump because in the summer when the kids are out for swimming lessons I go through sunscreen about every month and the size and amount really works for our active lifestyle. This everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology SPF 50 provides super broad spectrum sun protection for face & body in an oil-free, non-comedogenic lotion. Powered by potent antioxidant-rich Cellular Response Technology, this lotion preserves and protects skin’s youthful glow. Ideal for a day of play, this feel-good formula is moisturizing, lightweight and fast-absorbing.
I know what it’s like when I’m in a hurry to be on the go and still want to stay protected. That’s why I like this this powerful mineral sport stick for the eco-conscious adventurer in all of us. Zinc Oxide protects physically and provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage with 80 minutes of water resistance. The size is so small to fit into any purse and bags and I can take it out and apply on my kids or myself on the go as needed. It is so easy to apply that the kids have already gotten the hang of it as well.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is a drugstore favorite and I’m sure it is a household staple. Their sunscreen with Helioplex provides superior broad-spectrum protection against skin-aging UVA and burning UVB rays, and combines it with Dry-Touch technology for a lightweight, clean feel. It is fast absorbing, water resistant for up to 80 Minutes and is the #1 Dermatologist Recommended Suncare for kids with sensitive skin. My kids have not breakout with any of these products mentioned here.
I have listed some of my personal favorites as well as new products I’ve recently discovered. What are your summer sun protection products? Share with me via the comment section below.