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