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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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Sunbow Sunscreen SPF 30 in Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants, or Go Diego Go | Best Sunscreen for Water Activities

Babble Blogger Favorites Sunscreens for Kids: Sunbow Sunscreen SPF 30 in Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square Pants, or Go Diego Go

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My kids often scream bloody murder — loud enough for the neighbors to hear — while
I’m trying to hold them down and slather them in sunscreen. If this sounds familiar,
you may want to try enticing them with sunscreen endorsed by one of their favorite TV
characters: Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob, or Diego! Formulated with zinc oxide, these
UVA/UVB sunscreens are water-resistant, hypoallergenic (pediatrician-tested), and
paraben-free.

So what’s in it for the kids besides their favorite TV characters? All lotions squirt out
of the bottle and onto the skin with a fun color but eventually turn clear. It’s a fun
transformation for the kids to watch — and also allows you to make sure you didn’t miss
a spot.

Get it from Amazon, $13.49 for 5-oz. tube

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