Sunburns, rashes and irritated skin—if the harsh summer Sun can be so brutal to your skin, imagine what it can do to your baby’s super delicate skin.
Your baby’s skin is soft and prone to damage. Thus, it is very important to make sure that your child is effectively protected from the scorching heat and the harmful UVA/UVB rays. If you think slathering the same sunscreen that you use on your child is the solution, think again.
Skin of babies have unique demands that need sunscreen specially formulated keeping their needs in mind. These 15 sunscreen products will make sure your baby’s skin gets adequate protection without causing any damage, and guess what? All of them are easily available in India.
Hera is a list of 15 best sunscreen products for babies available in India.
It is one of the best baby sunscreens in the market. It offers a broad spectrum protection and comes in an easy roll on applicator.
The formula is lightweight and does not leave residues. Infused with active minerals like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide with SPF 50 it provides effective prevention from the harmful effects of the harsh Sun. The no tear formula makes it absolutely safe to use on kids without irritating their eyes.
One of the favorites among moms, the water resistant, tear-free formula is easy on the delicate skin of children and protects it from the harsh Sun.
The lotion comes with an SPF 50 and effectively protects the skin from sunburn and harmful UVA/UVB rays. The smell is pleasant and soothing. Certified by dermatologist and pediatrician, the paraben-free formula is 100% safe for the delicate skin of your kid without leading to any side effects.
Chicco’s range of baby products needs no introduction. Specially formulated keeping kids in mind, the sun cream is a perfect pick for daily sun protection.
With SPF 50 and a gentle formula, the cream also nourishes the skin of your child while providing protection from the Sun. The product comes in a spray bottle which is hygienic and easy to apply. However, the oil content is on the higher side which may not be suitable for oily skin type.
The chemical content of the product is low which makes it safe for your child’s sensitive skin. Enriched with the goodness of natural ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, rice bran oil and grapeseed oil, it also provides nourishment to the skin, apart from protecting it from the Sun.
The consistency of the sunscreen is like that of a lotion, thus absorbs easily into the skin and leaves no residue. The fruity smell is pleasant, and it does a good job of protecting the delicate skin of your child from sun damage with SPF 20. The packaging is bright and colorful, which is perfect for kid’s products.
The good old faith we have in the brand is not for nothing, and this product from Nivea does not disappoint either. The sunscreen claims to provide active protection from sunburns, rashes and UV rays.
The lightweight, non-greasy formula gets absorbs into the skin quickly, and SPF 50 gives maximum protection to the skin. Though not the cleanest formula, it is free from toxic chemicals. The cream also boosts the natural immunity of skin against UV rays.
With active natural minerals, sulfate, and paraben free formula, this is a great pick to shield your baby’s skin from the summer sun, especially if your baby has sensitive skin.
The formula might appear a little greasy and difficult to blend in initially. However, with little effort, it gets absorbed by the skin, and the gentle mineral-based formula with SPF 45 provides optimum protection. The lotion is especially efficient for a sensitive skin type. It does not stay very long though. You need to re-apply every 1.5 hrs if you are in the water and every 2 hours if you are just out in the Sun. Although the price is on the higher side, if your child’s skin needs a sun protection that is safe and actually helps in case of sensitive skin, it is definitely worth the splurge.
Another popular pick among skin care brands, Neutrogena Kids Wet Skin Sunscreen is specifically designed to let your tiny tots enjoy their summers in pools, without you having to worry about sun damage to the skin.
Review: With a high SPF 70, the sunscreen offers ample protection from the Sun. However, the high SPF content and a formula that is specially designed to be used during water activities, makes it a little difficult to use it on a daily basis.
Specially formulated for the delicate and super soft skin of your baby, the product promises to provide complete protection from the Sun and act as a shield against UVA/UVB rays.
The formula is mild and provides optimum protection with an 18 SPF. Because of the thick consistency, it takes a little time to blend into the skin. But once it is blended the skin appears smooth and soft. It is free from allergens and does not have any side effects.
Developed by a dermatologist mom, apart from offering sun protection, it also helps in cases of baby acne, diaper rash or mild eczema. It has Skin Cancer Foundation’s Daily Care Seal of Approval, so when it comes to safety, you can use it without any worries.
One of the really clean formulas, the product leaves no fear of skin damage. SPF 30 provides the right amount of Sun protection needed under normal circumstances. The lotion applies very easily leaving nothing but smooth skin , free of residues or greasiness. The only downside of the product is the seriously hefty price tag.
Infused with patented photo barrier complex, the product claims to offer effective and continuous protection from Sun, without irritating baby’s soft skin.
The photo barrier complex with SPF 55 in the lotion gives broad spectrum protection while the soothing oatmeal is gentle on the skin and locks the moisture in. However, although it claims to be mild, in some cases a little watering of the eyes may occur.
Super gentle and smooth on the skin, the product lives up to its name. Apart from active minerals like zinc oxide, it also nourishes the skin with the goodness of aloe vera and vitamin E.
It is super easy to blend with the consistency akin to that of milk cream. Though SPF 30 is adequate for daily use, might fall short in some cases. The product is water resistant up to 4 hours and has a gentle, soothing and nourishing effect on the skin.
The product is formulated with organic oils and naturally occurring zinc oxide, to provide sun protection and also nourish the skin.
The product is fairly non-toxic and safe to use on your baby’s skin. With SPF 30 the sun protection is optimum. The packaging of the product is a little tricky as it is difficult to squeeze, leading to a lot of wastage. The oil content in the product is very high which tends to make the skin greasy, so definitely not advisable for babies with oily skin. Although it is water resistant, the effect does not last for more than 40 minutes, after which you have to re-apply if you want proper protection. Though the performance of the product is satisfactory, with the high price point it leaves you wanting for more.
Another mineral based sunblock lotion on the list, this one contains natural sun blockers like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and is specifically formulated keeping the unique needs of babies’ skin in mind.
The lightweight formula blends in easily, without irritating even sensitive skin. However, a whitish film may form on the skin in some cases. Also, SPF 30 might not be adequate in really harsh summers. The formula is largely clean, contains antioxidants and is not animal tested, making it an environment-friendly product. However, the price is considerably higher as the results are satisfactory but nothing exceptional.
One of the most popular herbal brands in the country, this one is enriched with chamomile extract and natural ways to soothe, protect and keep UV rays at bay.
With SPF 25, the product offers decent sun protection, but might fall short in extreme situations. It is quite hard to blend in without moisturizing the skin first, especially if your child has a dry skin. The smell is a little strong and the packaging needs to be a little more sturdy. However, the ingredients are natural to a great extent and there are fewer chances of your child developing an allergic reaction. If you are looking for a safe sunscreen for daily use within a budget, you can give this a try.
Infused with the goodness of aloe vera and algae extracts, it is not only safe for your baby’s delicate skin, but the biodegradable formula makes it an environment-friendly choice as well.
The formula is easily blendable and leaves no residue behind. The aloe vera and algae make the skin super soft and moisturized. SPF 30 sunblock provides adequate protection. The product also soothes inflamed skin. The water, sweat and rub resistance stays active for not more than 80 minutes after which re-application is required. The eco-friendly formula makes it a sensible choice, but it is just another decent sunscreen and offers nothing special to justify a considerably high price.
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Now that you have a list of products to choose from, let’s find out how to pick the right sunscreen to suit your baby’s skin type.
In order to choose the right sunscreen for your baby, keep the following points in mind:
Take a look at the ingredient list and choose the one with the most natural ingredients. Titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide are minerals that act as natural sunblockers. Go for products which are infused with these two naturally occurring minerals. Make sure your precious little darling is exposed to as less chemical and synthetic substances as possible. Also, check if any of the ingredient present in the list is something your kid is specifically allergic to. Consult a doctor if needed.
Get a thorough idea about the skin type of your baby. If your baby has a dry skin, go for products that have a thicker consistency and offer nourishment to the skin along with protecting the skin from the Sun. If your baby has an oily skin, go for lightweight formulas, with low oil content. If your baby has a sensitive skin, go for products that are specifically designed to be used on sensitive skin type.
Though the basic purpose of the sunscreen is to protect the skin from the harsh sun, the protection will vary depending on the activity. For example, using a general sunscreen lotion while swimming in the pool will not offer any protection. Use a water-resistant variant for the purpose. If you are taking your baby for some outdoor sport, specifically look for products that are sweat resistant. In the same way, for a quick walk to the park or just normal daily use, you don’t have to choose a water-resistant variant. These formulas are usually made a little heavy so that it stays put in water and will cause unnecessary discomfort to your baby if used on a daily basis.
No matter how clean a formula is, it is not advisable to expose a baby to sunscreen before six months of age.
So, now you can let your tiny tots enjoy their moments in the Sun without having to worry about them being exposed to the harmful effects that come with it. Let them take a splash in the swimming pool or sweat it out in the park, let their summer memories be of fun and excitement and not that of painful sunburns and rashes.
Which sunscreen do you use for your baby? Have I missed out any? Please feel free to add and share your views in the box below.