Sun protection is a constant topic, not only in the hot summer sun but also in other seasons. As long as there is sunlight, there will be ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB). Sunscreen can effectively prevent the production of melanin so that it can keep you youthful and moisturized at all times. However, sun protection is not only an adult’s task, children’s sun protection work must also be done well, and how to give children sun protection is also very particular!

Why does sunscreen prevent tanning?

The principle of sunscreen is to isolate the skin from ultraviolet rays. Different light intensities require different SPFs( sun protection factors), such as SP+15, SP+25, SP+30, and even SP+60.

Sunscreens act as sunscreens through inorganic and/or organic active ingredients. Inorganic sunscreen ingredients are usually inorganic substances such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which can reflect and scatter ultraviolet radiation; organic sunscreen ingredients are usually OMC (octylmeth oxycinnamate) and oxybenzone, which can absorb ultraviolet radiation and reduce the radiation energy converted into heat, Many sunscreens protect the skin from two types of ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB) at the same time. UVA and UVB cause different damage to the skin. In addition to beauty problems, ultraviolet rays can also cause more problems, the most serious is skin cancer!  

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Food and Drug Administration, and American Cancer Society, Severe burns can increase your baby’s risk of skin cancer in the future, so you should take correct measures to prevent your baby from being exposed to too much direct sunlight. So it matters a lot for mothers to choose sunscreen products for their children.

How to choose sunscreen for children?

How to buy sunscreen firstly depends on the ingredients. Baby-specific sunscreens are divided into two categories, physical sunscreens, and chemical sunscreens. The former reflects light and the latter absorbs light. For children, it contains zinc oxide, which is safer. On the other hand, it depends on the index. Mothers should choose sunscreens with different indexes according to different places of play. Choose SPF15 sunscreens when walking, and choose SPF25 sunscreens when climbing or going to the beach. If you are going to travel with strong sunlight For scenic spots, it is best to choose a sunscreen with a longer duration of SPF30, but a sunscreen with a high SP F value, such as SPF50, has a strong irritation to the baby’s skin, so it is best not to buy it.

How to choose sunscreen purchase method for children?

Look at the keywords for the sunscreen purchase method. Hypoallergenic (low sensitivity): This label means that the sunscreen is designed to avoid the use of common chemical sunscreen ingredients that are prone to allergies. Suitable for sensitive skin or children.

Noncomedogenic (will not cause acne): This label means that the main ingredients or bases contained in this sunscreen do not have the tendency to cause acne. It is usually designed for oily skin and people who are prone to acne.

Sweatproof (anti-sweat): This label means that the sunscreen will adhere to the skin after being applied, and it should not be easy to run into the eyes and generate irritation when sweating around the eyes. It is suitable for sports on land, such as playing ball, jogging and so on.

Waterproof, water-resistant: Waterproof means that the sunscreen can ensure the sunscreen effect within 80 minutes after entering the water. Water-resistant means that the sunscreen can ensure the sunscreen effect within 40 minutes after entering the water. Suitable for swimming or water sports. It should be applied immediately after the above-mentioned time.

Sunscreen can prevent tanning to some extent and help prevent sun rays from causing photoaging and skin cancer. However, even if you do apply sunscreen, you may still get tanned. So the following are other sun protection methods recommended to you.

The other ways to prevent tanning.

Choosing a suitable sun hat for your baby is also very important.

1. Choose a sun hat with a large brim. The brim of the hat must be at least 7 cm, and it is best to cover the face, ears and the back of the neck.

2. Choose densely woven, breathable and opaque fabrics, preferably a hat with an anti-stroke safety buckle, which can effectively prevent the baby from being blown away by the wind.

3. Choose fabrics with high UPF, the highest UPF value is currently 50+.

Wear sunglasses

The American Academy of Optometry (AOA) stated that children are more likely to be damaged by ultraviolet rays and need sunglasses.

When choosing sunglasses for your baby, you need to pay attention to these 3 points:

1. Look for the “UV400” logo on the quality inspection report, which is an important symbol that represents whether it can effectively sunscreen.

2. Choose strap-on sunglasses, which are more convenient to use and provide tighter sun protection.

3. The light transmittance should be around 18%. If it is too low, the baby’s eyes will be damaged because they cannot get sufficient light.

Wear sun protection clothing

Wearing loose and breathable long trousers, or professional sun protection clothing can better block ultraviolet rays.

Children sun protection clothing selection guide:

1. Choose a sunscreen clothing with UPF40 or higher and sunlight UVA transmittance within 5%.

2. Choose nylon (nylon fabric), which has a moisture absorption rate of 4.5%, which is 4.1% higher than that of polyester fabric.

Does sunscreen prevent tanning? If you’re using it right, it should. The most important meaning of sunscreen is to prevent the damage caused by ultraviolet rays to the skin.  Especially for mothers, it is essential to choose the right sunscreen for their children. I do hope this article will be helpful for you while choosing sunscreen.


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