A Guide to Biodegradable Sunscreen for Babies
It is best to start young when it comes to practicing protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Since being outdoors plays a major role in the upbringing of well-adjusted families, it is therefore a great opportunity for all to apply sun protection to preserve health and looks. Regardless of age, everyone needs to lather up if he or she wants to frolic in the sun without incurring dermal damage.
Since the young in the family, especially infants and toddlers, have yet to adapt to the harsh elements of the sun, their skins burn easily with added risk of overheating and sunstroke. As such, it is best to keep them away from direct exposure. In the event total restriction is not possible, some form of baby sunscreen with a sufficient sun protection factor alongside adequate clothing and a wide-brimmed hat is advisable to ensure maximum protection.
To ensure these formulae do not pose any harm to these young individuals, the recommendation is to go for hypoallergenic versions. Since the immature skin can become sensitive to direct contact with chemical components, these versions tend to pose minimal problems to the wearer and caregiver. Select fragrance-free and PABA-free versions as these tend to give rise to olfactory and respiratory discomfort as well as skin irritations. Children are known to stick their fingers and hands into their mouths. Hence, it is crucial to keep a close eye on the child that he or she is not consuming the sunscreen in great amounts. Baby sunscreen products with broad spectrum protection are recommended to keep out the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
Experts tend to advocate water-resistant versions for longer lasting protection. Whatever the case may be, frequent application is always recommended with shorter intervals if the child comes in constant contact with water or sweat. Select a formula for easy application in case conventional cream-based versions from tubes or squeeze bottles cause too much hassle. Easy-to-use options present themselves in the form of sprays, lotions and gels.
Despite much hype regarding usage on younger children, adult versions normally suffice so long as their compositions are friendly to the skin whilst delivering maximum broad spectrum protection. All in all, the purpose of these adult or baby sunscreen products is to avoid undesired post-sun exposure for the short as well as long term. With proper precautions put in place, one is assured of solar enjoyment.
Prevention is better than cure. No better time is this adage truer when it comes to exposure to elements of nature such as the sun.