Using sunscreen is very important to protect your baby and to provide healthy skin for life. The difficulty you may face when it comes to buying the right sunscreen is deciding whether it’s worth your time and money to purchase organically made sunscreen. More parents are discovering the benefits of buying this kind of sunscreen because of the way it benefits the skin, protects from the sun’s damaging rays and even lasts longer than some of the commercial brands. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re getting the most effectiveness that going organic with your sunscreen can provide your baby.
Make Sure to Check the Expiration Dates
To get the maximum effectiveness out of organic sunscreen, make sure you’re checking the expiration date. This should be printed clearly on the bottle for you to check. You should check near the top of the bottle or near the bottom if it is a package that tapers on the end. If the sunscreen has expired, you need to throw it away rather than taking a chance, according to Baby Center. The ingredients will lose their protective properties over time and make it possible for the harmful rays from the sun to get through. Rather than take the chance you’re going to burn your baby’s skin, just toss it out and buy some more. The additional cost is worth it to protect your baby.
To make sure you’re not tossing money into the trash, try to buy sunscreen as you go. It may be tempting to buy sunscreen at the end of the season, or to stock up at the beginning of the summer, but if you don’t use it all, you’re going to end up throwing those savings away. If you’re going on a trip, try to buy enough to get you through the trip and have a little leftover for when you get home.
Lay It on Thick
You should make sure whichever organic sunscreen you purchase for your baby is at least 30 SPF (sun protection factor); companies such as The Honest Company have a range of organic sunscreens which not only have 30 SPF but are gentle enough for a baby’s sensitive skin. According to The Mayo Clinic, regardless of the SPF you purchase, you’ll need to make sure you apply it as thick as possible. Just be careful when you get around your baby’s eyes, but other than that, feel free to apply as thick as possible. The main reason for this is because between towels and water, sunscreen can slowly wear thin and skin will be unprotected. You’ll know when you have the right amount of sunscreen on if you can barely see the skin through the sunscreen. Just rub it in and eventually it will be absorbed by the skin. Some of the products for older kids change colors after they have been absorbed into the skin. Use this as a reference point for how much sunscreen you should be using. Don’t worry about how much the sunscreen costs, because thanks to your application, you’re helping to protect your baby’s skin from any problems later in life.
Sunscreens Can Moisturize the Skin
Many of the organic products on the market also include things like coconut oil or beeswax. Both of these are very effective in providing the skin with additional moisture, according to Wellness Mama. Simply by protecting your baby’s skin from the sun, you’re also helping to improve skin tone and elasticity so skin will remain supple and fresh even as your baby starts growing into a kid and well beyond. Remember to read the label to know exactly what is going into the sunscreen you’re using. You should be able to recognize all of the ingredients in the sunscreen. If it’s organic, it might still use things like Zinc Oxide, but it will also include natural oils that provide healthy benefits to your baby’s skin.
Nanotechnology is Something to Watch For
Among the sunscreens you should be looking for when looking to get the best effectiveness are those using ingredients produced from nanotechnology, according to Good Housekeeping. These provide mineral sunscreens organically made so you can feel good about using them on your children. The reason why nanotechnology is a good thing to watch for is because it means the minerals have been processed in such a way they effectively minimize the harmful rays getting through to the skin without having to use a lot of it. While this industry is mostly unregulated, it’s only because it’s still a fairly new technology. The benefits have been seen by parents and adults alike. As you can see, there are many benefits to going organic when it comes to baby sunscreen. Make sure you’re applying sunscreen any time your baby’s going to be exposed to the sun for any stretch of time longer than 5-10 minutes. Always remember to reapply every two hours and your baby’s skin will be healthy for years to come.