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What Sunscreen is Best for Babies and Children?

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Choosing a sunscreen to protect your babies and kids can be overwhelming. We are here to help make that decision easy

Children have very soft and sensitive skin. I had eczema-prone skin growing up and I still have skin that is very sensitive to strongly fragranced products. I come from a very large whānau and developed Seasick Sunscreen with children's skin sensitivities in mind! There are so many sunscreen options out there so how do you know which one to buy for you babies and children? I've put together a guide to answer this question for you!

Cream, spray or roll-on sunscreen?

Sunscreens come in a variety of product types, ranging from sprays and gels to lotions and creams. Creams and lotions are most effective since they provide the most amount of coverage.

Chemical Vs mineral sunscreen

Babies and young children should use mineral-only sunscreen to avoid any potential irritation on their sensitive skin. chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin and can be more irritating

Less is Best

Look for sunscreens that are free of both parabens and fragrances, making it a safer bet for kids with sensitive skin. You can find a full list of our ingredients and details about each of them on our website.

SPF rating and broad spectrum

It’s recommended to use sunscreen that is SPF 30 and above
Broad spectrum sunscreen gives protection against both UVA and UVB rays
UVA radiation goes deep into the skin, causing long-term damage such as wrinkles, blotchiness, sagging and skin cancer. We call this UVA for ageing.
UVB radiation gets into the top layer of skin and can cause sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. We call this UVB for burning.
Look for sunscreens that meet the AS/NZ 2604:2012 (SPF certification) and ISO 24444:2019 (broad spectrum certification) sunscreen standards.

Different sunscreen for children and adults?

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Kids can use the same sunscreen as teens and adults as long as they contain mineral-based formulas with broad spectrum and SPF 30 or higher. Children tend to have really sensitive skin. Read more about sunscreen for sensitive skin here.

Is Seasick Sunscreen suitable for babies and children?

Seasick Sunscreen is suitable for babies, children and adults making it suitable for the whole whānau. Our sunscreen is:
~Fragrance and paraben free~
~Made with non-nano zinc oxide which is a mineral/physical UV blocker~
~SPF 30 and broad spectrum certified~
What our customers are saying
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Other sun safety tips

~Avoid peak UV hours~
Seek shade whenever possible and avoid prolonged sun between 10 AM and 2 PM when the sun is strongest.
~Wear protective clothing and accessories~
Hats, sunglasses, rash tops and beach ponchos are all great options!
~Ensure there’s always a covered area~
Trees or beach cabanas are great options

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