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Sunscreen for Babies

Our curated collection of baby sunscreens is specifically designed with the delicate nature of infant skin in mind. Baby sunscreen needs to be easy to spread and should consist of physical (mineral) sunscreens like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are safe and gentle on sensitive skin. Given that babies have a higher body surface area to body mass ratio compared to adults, they experience greater penetration of ingredients into their bloodstream. Therefore, it's crucial to use mineral-based sunscreens that provide a protective barrier without harmful absorption. While our collection offers reliable protection, our dermatologists advocate for minimizing direct sun exposure for babies. Their skin is exceptionally delicate and more susceptible to UV damage. We recommend using sun-protective clothing, umbrellas, and seeking shade whenever possible to safeguard your baby's skin effectively. This approach ensures that your little one enjoys the outdoors safely, with their skin's health preserved.
 
 
 
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EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

EltaMD

EltaMD UV Pure Broad-Spectrum SPF 47

$36.00

Blue Lizard Australian Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+

Blue Lizard

Blue Lizard Australian Baby Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50+

$8.99 - $28.99

When can you put sunscreen on a baby?

The high permeability of baby skin is a primary reason why it's recommended to avoid applying sunscreen on infants under six months old. Their skin is thinner and more absorbent than adult skin, which means substances applied topically can more easily penetrate and potentially affect their health. However, for babies older than six months, sunscreens that are free from preservatives and chemical sunscreens can be used safely.

Preservatives like parabens, often found in cosmetic and skincare products, are avoided in baby sunscreens because they can disrupt hormone function and may lead to skin irritation. Similarly, chemical sunscreens, which absorb UV rays through the skin, are not recommended for babies. They can contain ingredients like oxybenzone or avobenzone, which can cause skin reactions or systemic effects due to their ability to penetrate the skin barrier. In contrast, mineral-based sunscreens (containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) sit on top of the skin, forming a physical barrier that reflects UV rays without significant absorption into the skin, making them safer for the delicate and absorbent skin of babies.

Infant Sunscreen

Prolonged sun exposure is particularly hazardous for infants due to their delicate skin and developing systems. Infants are at a higher risk of immunosuppression, a condition where the skin's natural defense mechanisms are weakened, reducing its ability to protect against infections and diseases. This suppression of the immune system can be exacerbated by the UV radiation in sunlight. Furthermore, infants are more susceptible to sunburn, as their skin lacks the same level of melanin that provides some degree of protection in adults. Sunburn in infants can be severe, leading to pain, redness, and in extreme cases, blistering. Besides the immediate discomfort, repeated sunburns during childhood can significantly increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. Additionally, infants are at a greater risk of heat stroke because their bodies are less efficient at regulating temperature. Excessive sun exposure can lead to overheating and heat stroke, a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention. For these reasons, it is crucial to limit infants' exposure to direct sunlight and ensure they are adequately protected when outdoors.

Best Baby Sunscreen

A baby sunscreen typically includes ingredients that are gentle yet effective in providing sun protection, with zinc oxide being a predominant component. Zinc oxide is a mineral-based compound that acts as a physical barrier on the skin's surface, reflecting both UVA and UVB rays. This makes it particularly suitable for infants, as it doesn't penetrate the skin but rather sits atop it, minimizing the risk of irritation or systemic absorption. In addition to zinc oxide, baby sunscreens might contain soothing and moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and calendula, which are known for their gentle, calming properties on sensitive skin. These formulations are often free from fragrances, parabens, and other harsh chemicals to further reduce the potential for skin reactions. The inclusion of antioxidants such as vitamin E can also be beneficial to help protect the skin from environmental stressors. Overall, the composition of baby sunscreen is meticulously formulated to ensure it provides effective protection while being safe and gentle on the delicate skin of infants.

How to Wash Sunscreen Off of a Baby

When washing sunscreen off a baby using oil-based cleansing oils, it’s crucial to be mindful of the slippery nature of these products. Ensure that this bathing process occurs in a safe, slip-resistant area to prevent accidents. Apply the cleansing oil gently to the baby's skin, massaging in circular motions to lift the sunscreen, and then carefully wipe away the residue with a soft, damp cloth or sponge. The slipperiness of the oil necessitates extra caution, especially when handling the baby during and after application. Conduct this routine in a setting where the baby is securely placed and won’t risk sliding or falling, such as on a non-slip bath mat or in a baby bathtub with adequate support. This precaution helps maintain safety while effectively cleaning the baby’s skin, keeping it healthy and free from irritation.