This is what You Should be Checking When Buying Your Child’s Suncream

Sunscreen is essential for the summer season—and most especially for little ones’ sensitive skin. But not all sun creams are created equal; here’s what you should be checking when buying a bottle (and it’s not just about the SPF).

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A high sun protection factor (SPF) is key when you’re looking to buy a sunscreen to keep your baby’s skin safe; but the UVA rating—the level of protection against ultraviolet radiation, is just as integral.

Check the front or back of the bottle for the UVA star rating—4 or 5 stars is sufficient. While you shouldn’t assume that a pricey brand will automatically have a high SPF and UVA rating, the majority of creams in the UK likely should; but the advice is handy for any travel abroad.

The British Association of Dermatologists reiterate:

“A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars is generally considered as a good standard of sun protection in addition to shade and clothing.”

Other sun safety tips for tots include:

  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen; even if your child isn’t going swimming, if he’s outside, he’s likely to sweat.
  • Put on a wide-brimmed hat and shades
  • For babes younger than 6 months, keep them out of direct sunlight

Via madeformums