Are you preparing for your baby’s first trip away in the sun? …read moreSee less
Or maybe you’re stocking up on sun cream for your child as the summer months creep in. Whatever the reason, you’ll find a selection of sun creams for babies and children from top brands like Nivea and Solero that are guaranteed to be kind to their skin.
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What sun cream should I use on my baby?
As your baby has thin, delicate skin compared to adults, you should choose a sun cream specially formulated with their skin in mind.
Baby sun creams are kinder to skin and don’t contain any added ingredients like fragrance that can cause irritation.
Please note, you shouldn’t use sun cream on your baby if they are under 6 months old as they are at a greater risk of developing side effects like a rash - instead, make sure their skin is covered when they’re outside and keep them in the shade.
What makes baby sun cream different?
Baby sun cream is formulated specially for the delicate, sensitive skin of your baby, even if they are suffering from eczema.
They tend not to contain any added ingredients, like fragrance, that may aggravate their skin.
As baby sun cream is kinder and gentler to skin, it may also be suitable for adults with sensitive skin to prevent any irritation.
What age can my baby wear sun cream?
It’s recommended to only use sun cream when your baby is at least 6 months old.
This is because their skin is very delicate and thinner than adult skin, which could result in them developing a rash or irritation.
The NHS advises that you should keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight.
How long does sun cream last?
Sunscreen usually lasts for at least 3 years before it goes bad, and after this time, it becomes less effective at blocking UV rays, increasing your chances of getting sunburn or skin cancer.
However, if your bottle is less than 3 years old but it’s been left in a hot car for a couple of months, it probably won’t be very effective, either.