Babble Blogger Favorites 2012: Sunscreens for Kids
As a licensed esthetician, I've seen firsthand how devastating years of sun exposure can be to one's health, so I was thrilled when Babble asked me to put together a list of my favorite sunscreens for kids. Narrowing everything down wasn’t easy, but after a lot of time and research, I’ve got my top picks (see the full list here!). If I left your beloved sunscreen off this list, make sure to nominate it here! — Stevee Curtis
Sun Protection Terms to Know: SPF: Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is usually displayed on the sunscreen label and can range from 2 to as high as 50+. It refers to the product's ability to screen or block out the sun's harmful rays. For example, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you can be in the sun 15 times longer that you can without sunscreen before burning.
Sunscreen: Can be classified into two types: physical and chemical:
Chemical sunscreens contain special ingredients that act as filters. These days most protect against UVA and UVB rays.
Physical sunscreens are most often referred to as "sunblocks." These products use ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to physically block rays. Most of these block out both UVA and UVB rays, too.
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Go!screen Mineral Powder Sunscreen SPF 30 for Kids and Adults | Best Everyday Sunscreens
This is a favorite in my house; the powder is oil-free and sheer so my husband doesn’t mind applying it, and since it’s not a lotion we have to rub in, my daughter doesn’t get fussy when we put it on her. Plus, the self-dispensing, soft powder brush makes it super easy to reapply throughout the day (it fits perfectly in my purse). Go!Screen Mineral Powder contains natural anti-inflammatory properties and offers powerful broad-spectrum protection. Just in case you need more reasons to love it: It’s talc- and paraben-free and hypoallergenic.
Get it from Ilovegoscreen.com, $26.00 for 0.16-oz. self-dispensing brush