Thursday, June 11, 2020

Healthy Habits: 5 Facts to Know Before Buying Sunscreen for Your Baby

Each year as the summer rolls around, parents begin their search for the best sun protection for babies and children. The frightening list of harmful ingredients coupled with children’s skin issues like eczema or general skin sensitivity can be overwhelming. There’s also the challenge of squirmy 2-year-olds or the 7-going-on-15-year-old who hates all that white stuff that just never seems to rub in completely. With lots of different options available, we wanted to share some of our insights, and what we think goes into finding the best sunscreen for your child.

How Young is Too Young for Sunscreen?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends keeping babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight. A baby’s skin is not yet protected by melanin at this young age. Since this can be a bit of a challenge when planning a trip to the beach or walks around the neighborhood, experts agree that it’s best to use a physical barrier, like the canopy of the stroller, an umbrella, or long sleeves and pants, to protect small babies from the sun’s harmful rays. These options are better than lotions for the first six months.

What Ingredients Should Parents Look for?
Sunscreens come in two general categories: chemical and mineral. While chemical sunscreens don’t leave a white residue, they can be potentially harmful and more irritating. These chemicals are absorbed into the body and may cause some lasting effects. Mineral sunscreens, like the active ingredient in Zoey Naturals SPF 30, use zinc oxide as a “physical sunscreen” that is currently recognized by the FDA as safe. Physical barrier sunscreens are less likely to be absorbed into skin than chemical based formulas. Zoey Naturals SPF 30 not only protects your little ones precious skin but it’s also biodegradable and reef safe.

What Ingredient Should be Avoided?
Oxybenzone is an ingredient that is consistent on the “do not use list”. It is banned in Hawaii because it has been shown to cause harm to coral reefs. It’s also a form of synthetic estrogen, and according to the Environmental Working Group causes a disruption in your hormones. Certainly not something we want to use on our children!

What Does the Number on the Sunscreen Really Mean?
As we found out, this can be a bit confusing! The Skin Cancer Foundation has an excellent post that is easy to read and understand. It turns out that there isn’t a simple answer. According to SCF, “The SPF number tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product exactly as directed versus the amount of time without any sunscreen.” Also, “The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for any extended outdoor activity. Regardless of the SPF, though, it’s important to apply one ounce (two tablespoons) 30 minutes before going outside and reapply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.”

What’s Our Favorite Sunscreen?
That’s an easy question to answer! We love Zoey Naturals SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen
as it gives UVA/UVB sun protection and is infused with nutrients to keep your baby's skin nourished while in the sun. It is formulated for babies and loved by mamas all over the world. Our effective and simple formulas are free of harsh chemicals and are gentle on the environment.
We also love our Sunshine Kit
perfectly safe for babies of all ages. Naturally gentle, ultra-moisturizing, and free of harsh chemicals. Everything you need for a day of adventure!
Our Sunshine Kit Includes:
  • SPF 30 Sunscreen
  • Sweet Citrus Moisturizing Lotion
  • Island Hibiscus Hand Sanitizer
  • Zoey Naturals Tote
  • Beach Baby Book

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