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7 Safe Sunscreens for Your Child and the Environment

by Deborah Song

When it comes to choosing the right sunscreen for your child, it’s easy to have a case of paralyses by analyses. From the sheer number of options in brands to the varying SPF numbers to the different methods of applying, sometimes within the same brand (spray, stick or lather?), conquering the sunscreen dilemma can feel like getting over a tidal wave. So we’ve decided to do the hard work for you by choosing 7 of the best tear-free kid-friendly sunscreens on the market to suit each of your child’s needs. 

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The metric we used took into consideration the opinion of both dermatologists, environmentalists, who recommend mineral blockers instead of man-made chemicals. Mineral-based sunscreens are not only more delicate on children’s skin but also on the depleting coral reef. Regardless of ingredients, however, babies younger than 6 months should not have sunscreen applied to them at all. Instead, they should be protected by umbrellas, blankets, canopies and hats.

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How to Apply Sunscreen and additional protection against Sun

1. For children 6 months and older, sunscreen should be applied generously. Dermatologists recommend using 1 ounce to cover the exposed areas.

2. Donning a rash guard will work double duty to protect your child’s skin. 

3. Keep your child out of the sun during the most intense hours from 11am to 2pm. If those hours can’t be avoided, any kind of respite from the sun is better than being out in the sun all day.  

4. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside for best results. 

5. Don’t forget the ears, hands, feet, shoulders and behind the neck

6. Reapply after swimming or once every 2 hours, whichever comes first. 


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