The end of June means the end of school and the beginning of summer. With that comes days spent lounging by the pool or beach, summer camp, s’mores and the annual negotiations with your kids about sunscreen. Even though getting your tot to concede to SPF might be tough, it’s necessary and even better when you can get them to agree to do it themselves.
Kids and babies in particular have sensitive skin and are more susceptible to sunburns, as they have had less time to build up melanin, the body’s natural defense against the sun. Infants under six months should avoid sunscreen because their skin is hyper-sensitive. The best protection from the sun is always shade, clothing, sunglasses and hats, but that is not always realistic. The second best defense against sun is sunscreen, which falls into two categories.
These categories – chemical and mineral – describe the ingredient composition, which determines how the formula interacts with the skin and blocks UV rays. Chemical sunscreens have active ingredients that are made from non-natural compounds that absorb and then dilute UV rays. Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as their active ingredients. These formulas sit on top of the skin and reflect rays away from the body.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that every child should wear SPF 30 or higher, regardless of skin tone. Darker skin tones can still be affected by sun damage, leading to the potential for melanoma later in life.
A carefully crafted chemical sunscreen is a great option for kids on the go, because they can be applied quickly through an atomizer. Our SPF 70 for Kids can even be sprayed onto wet skin, as your child moves from the water onto land.
Mineral lotions provide high strength protection and tend to have less ingredients, which makes them excellent for anyone with sensitive skin. Hampton Sun’s 50 SPF for Baby mineral formula is cruelty and fragrance free as well as hypoallergenic.
Sunscreen sticks are one of the best options for protecting the face. Their formula tends not to drip, leaving stinging eyes out of the equation. They also make application a breeze, so your child can use it by themselves at camp or with friends. A sunscreen stick can cover hard to reach areas like ears, scalps, necks and lips, which sometimes get forgotten.Try playing a game with your child using the SPF 50 Mineral Face Stick to see who can get the best coverage.
Sunscreen works best when applied 30 minutes before going outside, so that it has time to bond with the skin. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that individuals should not go longer than 80 minutes without reapplying sunscreen, less if you are swimming or sweating.
Putting sunscreen on kids can be tough. They are squirmy and tend not to like sunscreens that take a long time to rub in and leave a white cast, reminiscent of a polar bear as my brother once protested. Hampton Sun’s products mitigate the difficulties that may accompany convincing your child to wear sunscreen while protecting them from harmful rays.