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The best suncare for babies and toddlers

The best suncare for babies and toddlers
Holly James
Beauty Writer5 months ago
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Staying safe in the sun is a must for all ages, but it's particularly important to make sure your little ones are covered when it comes to SPF, especially in the warmer months. Not only is younger skin more sensitive to irritants, but it also contains less melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colouring which provides us with a small level of protection from the sun naturally (though nowhere near enough!). Therefore when picking the right sun care for your children, it's important to look for something that offers a high level of protection and is free from any harmful ingredients that could irritate their delicate skin.

According to Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, skin expert and medical director, SPF should be applied to infants from the age of 6 months, making sure to keep them out of direct sunlight before this. She advises wearing an SPF of 30 or above on all exposed skin and reapplying "every 2-4 hours if you are outside. At a minimum during the winter months, ensure sunscreen is worn in the morning and if you are outside all day after 4 hours re-apply".

When looking for a sun cream suitable for children, aim for one that uses mineral protectants such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide rather than chemical alternatives that can be too harsh on younger skin. "Ultraviolet radiation from the sun includes UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is filtered by clouds but UVA and UVB can penetrate though clouds and can even be reflected from the ground", explains Dr Ifeoma. To ensure your little one is completely protected, opt for a broad spectrum SPF that will shield against all types of harmful rays.

Ingredients to look for:

  • Zinc Oxide
  • Titanium Dioxide

Ingredients to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Octisalate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate

Although it's advised that those under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight where possible, for older children, keeping still in the shade isn't always an option! We've picked out the best, baby and toddler-friendly sun creams and lotions that can be used by the whole family so that you can all enjoy the warm weather without the worry.

  • 1.La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Kids Mist SPF50+

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Kids Mist SPF50+
    4.33 Stars 3 Reviews
    £22.50
    A lifesaver for those who just won't sit still or don't like the greasy feel of some traditional sun creams, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Kids Mist SPF50+ offers high spectrum protection in a quick and easy to apply mist. The invisible mist coasts the skin in a sweat and water resistant formula without leaving any residue or white marks, ideal for mess and fuss free application so you can carry on enjoying the sun. Designed with the most gentle ingredients, the formula doesn't contain any fragrances and can be used on the whole family.
  • 2.Bioderma Photoderm Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+

    Bioderma Photoderm Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £17.80
    Free from fragrances and parabens, the Bioderma Photoderm Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+ is a broad spectrum sunscreen, specifically designed for children and babies ultra-sensitive skin. Blended with mineral rich ingredients as well as amino acids, the formula strengthens the skin's natural barrier and can be used on both the face and body without any irritation.
  • 3.Bioderma Photoderm Foaming Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+

    Bioderma Photoderm Foaming Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+
    3.33 Stars 3 Reviews
    £15.00
    Enriched with dermatological filters, the Bioderma Photoderm Foaming Sunscreen Children and Baby Skin SPF50+ provides a powerful level of protection that defends the skin's cells and DNA from sun damage. The whipped mousse formula is soothing on the skin and offers broad spectrum protection that will keep sensitive and delicate skin supported and healthy.
  • 4.Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids' SPF50 Sun Cream with Easy Application Trigger Spray

    Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids' SPF50 Sun Cream with Easy Application Trigger Spray
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    £8.00
    Formulated for delicate skin, the Garnier Ambre Solaire Kids SPF50 Sun Cream offers broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays. Fast drying and water resistant, the easy application spray can be applied in a few quick sprays so that they can carry on enjoying the sunshine. Enriched with aloe vera, the formula keeps hydration levels topped up, guarding against irritation.
  • 5.Ultrasun Very High SPF 50+ Kids Lotion

    Ultrasun Very High SPF 50+ Kids Lotion
    4 Stars 2 Reviews
    £30.00
    Don't let sunburn stress you out this summer. With this Very High SPF 50+ Lotion made especially for kids, your little ones will be protected from UVA and UVB rays for hours. The non-sticky formula absorbs quickly and contains anti-oxidant rich ingredients that guard against skin damage and environmental aggressors.
Holly James
Beauty Writer
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.
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