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SPF for your Tots Too

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Posted on 15th Aug 2017

 

 

We are constantly bombarded with sun-safety, the latest products, the dos and don’ts, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to your children. There is a vast array of child-friendly SPF and here are our current top five;

 

COOLA Mineral Sunscreen Baby SPF 50 – £24

This mineral active sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays is 70% organic. This has become a firm favourite due to its high protection and friendly organic ingredients such as avocado and coconut oil.

 

Child Farm SPF 50+ – £10

Child Farm is great for sensitive skin and eczema-prone skin, with a high protection of SPF 66.8 hence the SPF 50+. This dermatologist tested sunscreen keep tots protected, moisturised and hydrated and is readily available in Boots.

 

Nivea Sun Kids roll on SPF 50+ £4

For wriggly babies and toddlers, this roll on is fantastic, Nivea is a classic brand which does what it says on the tin. This is also a must have to carry in your bag, fast- absorbing and non-sticky.

 

Eny Sun Mousse  SPF 30 – £15.95

This unique mousse formula is another great one for sensitive skin, voted Sweden No 1 safest sunscreen, Evy is now available in the UK. Due to its formulations, it’s quick to apply and great to be used on hair and scalps.

 

Mustela SPF 50 – £14.96

Voted as Europe baby skin care specialist this can be used from birth, with 86% of ingredients of natural origin. This SPF  has UVB and UVA protection which reinforces the skin barrier and preserves the cellular richness of babies and children’s skin from UV rays thanks to Avocado Perseose®

 

UV, UVB and UVA light

UV and UVB rays are what will cause you to burn and UVA will cause you to age.

 

Physical Vs. Chemical

In short physical (referred to as ‘natural’) sunscreens protects your skin by reflecting the sun rays. Physical sunscreens tend to be thicker and leave a white tint on the skin they also need to be reapplied more frequently.

Chemical sunscreen is the opposite and will absorb the light. It provides more consistent coverage but you need to wait 20 minutes after application.

 

Top 5 hit list 

SPF should always be patch tested 24 hours before using for the first time

There is no such thing as waterproof SPF only water resistant.

Only keep your sunscreen for a year as it will go off.

Always reapply every 2 hours or after being in water and stay out of the sun 10 am -4 pm

Children should wear SPF clothing, hats and sunglasses when in direct light

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