Smiling like Sunshine: Is your child's sunscreen safe?

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Is your child's sunscreen safe?

Along with the warm and sunny days, everyone has started using their sunscreens. I see mothers at playgrounds applying sunscreen to their kids. It always saddens me to see that most people still use the popular brands as their choice of sunscreen.
Please, please, please, be vigilant about your sunscreen. Read the ingredients before buying them. Most of the mass market brands have these ingredients in them:
Benzophenone (or its derivatives Benzophenone-3 or Oxybenzone), triethanolamine (TEA) and DMDM Hydantoin. These ingredients are cancer causing chemicals.
Titanium and zinc oxide containing sunscreens are assumed to be better, however overuse of these are also harmful.
And don't forget, the higher the sun protection factor (SPF), the higher the dose of  unwanted chemicals.
These chemicals are harmful both for adults and children. However being more vulnerable than adults, children are at more risk.
There is a great database where you can check out the safety of thousands of cosmetic products. I highly recommend you to visit Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database web site and read about the product you use or consider buying. I personally check out every item my family uses from this database. You will be surprised to see how harmful most of the big brands are.

For more information please check out Healthy Child


  1. Thats very interesting. I use natural bath and shower gels, but had not thought about sun creams.

  2. It's been a long time since I used suncream, I've only ever used Lavera on the children and the last few years havent used any. I find that if it is so hot I am worried about burning then we should be in the shade and the rest of the time I think the sunshine is good for us :-) My two are always outside with no clothes on so I think their skin gets used to being in the sun :-)

  3. very important topic - thanks for sharing; I'm meticulous about what I put on our skin as so much of what we put on our skin gets into the bloodstream.

  4. Thanks forr your comments.This is a really important topic yet some people are not aware of it yet.
    Karen, we also use the same brand. Avoiding the sun at all when it is too hot is the safest thing to do,isn't it :)

  5. Thanks for sharing, I did share too :)

  6. Important point, not to use them is dangerous too, because of ozon situation.

    Doctors suggest that, wear white and long sleeve t-shirts avoid sun and use minimum sunscreen.

    Dilek the Berceste ;-)

  7. Oh my goodness! I had no idea. Are there certain brands that work but without the icky chemicals?

  8. Such important info! I have hated seeing moms applying many of the chemical ridden brands to their little ones this summer. The more we can get the word out about this, the better!

    Thanks for linking up at Green & Natural Mamas Thursday!

  9. We have switched to plain zinc oxide. I was looking for something more natural this year, as I did my research I found out that non -nano particle zinc oxide was one of our best options. That and we wear rash guards while swimming. In fact sometimes I even have a hat on. I might look funny, but I am sunburn free, and so are my kids.

  10. Sunscreen safety is definitely a concern for me. I'll be checking out the website you recommend for sure.


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