The Safest Organic and Natural Baby Sunscreen: From Badger
May 13, 2011 – It’s that time of year again and the sun is HOT, HOT, HOT! Even on days the sun is behind clouds there is likely to be a high UV index, so take precautions and protect your babies skin. The best protection is clothing, but when it is 40 degrees outside, your poor babe will melt if she is covered head to toe in clothing. Badger sunscreen has just introduced a new baby sunscreen that is non-toxic and contains natural and organic ingredients. It is safe for the whole family AND the environment!
Badger Baby Organic Natural Sunscreen
Tested and approved by pediatricians, Badger Baby Sunscreen contains non-nano sized Zinc particles to provide full SPF 30 protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. It has a mild scent of Chamomile and Calendula and will keep your baby safe from the sun’s harmful rays.
Badger Baby Sunscreen:
- Protects from both UVA and UVB rays
- Certified Natural by the NPA – Natural Products Association
- Very moisturizing; containing organic oils and beeswax to hydrate and protect the skin
- Water resistant for 40 mintues (min.)
- Works immediately after application
- Environmentally friendly and allowed at eco-friendly resorts
- Packaged in recyclable packaging that is phthalate-free.
How to Use Badger Baby Sunscreen
Put a small amount in your hand and gently rub onto baby’s skin. The sunscreen will melt and allow you to easily rub the product onto babies skin for full sun protection. The sunscreen is designed to sit on top of babies skin and not allow UV rays to penetrate the layers of skin, so babies skin will look a little white – this is normal.
Other sunscreens that soak in the sunscreen do not look white but they allow the UV rays to penetrate the first couple layers of skin, which are most sensitive to sunburns and health hazards. Badger baby sunscreen ensure no UV rays get through ANY layers of the skin.
Difference in SPF Sun Protection Factors: What Does it Mean?
Nowadays there are a variety of sun protection lotions that range from SPF 15 to SPF 100. Be careful when choosing your lotion because a higher SPF doesn’t mean much – seriously!
Take a look at the percentage of UVB rays that are blocked with the following:
- SPF 15 = 93%
- SPF 30 = 97%
- SPF 50 = 98%
There really isn’t a big difference in the protection you get and another interesting tidbit – the FDA does not allow any sunscreen to have a higher SPF rating than 30+! They are currently working on a plan to allow sunscreens to be labelled at SPF 50 in the future, but for now – the maximum is SPF 30+. So those “other” sunscreens you see out there saying they are SPF 100 – are misbranded and are attempting to mislead you.
SPF 50 and SPF 100
Many of the sunscreens that are labelled with high SPF’s protect only from UVB rays and not UVA rays. UVA rays are the harmful ones that can cause skin cancer. Dermatologists recommend SPF of 15 or 30. Some sunscreens that were tested shlowed to block 100% of UVB rays but blocked little, if any, UVA rays. In these cases, you are wasting your money on these high SPF lotions because they aren’t protecting your skin from the harmful rays. This misleading marketing ploy is one of the reasons why the FDA is stepping in to help consumers understand more about sunscreen safety.
Sun Safety Guidelines for Baby and Kids
Generally, the sun is at it’s most dangerous levels between 10 am and 4 pm, according to the FDA. You should
always use a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen when outdoors; even when it is cloudy. Cover delicate areas like ears, nose, lips, eyelids and the back of the neck with sunscreen and use lip protection with SPF 15 or 30.
Remember that water, snow and sand will cause the sun’s rays to reflect and can cause sunburn. Babies and children should also wear sunglasses that provide 100% UVA protection. Look for sunglasses with the label on them- toy glasses do not offer any protection.
Take your baby or child out of the sun every half hour or so to see how their skin is. Re-apply sunscreen as needed and check often – if their skin is starting to change color keep them in the shade for a bit to ensure sunburn is not developing. Remember too that if you are traveling to hot destinations where the sun is stronger than you are used to, it is a good idea to limit sun exposure during the first couple of days at least. Sunburn does not show up right away and your child may “look fine” until it’s too late!
Dangers of Sunscreen for Baby and Kids
Many commercial sunscreens on the market contain toxic chemicals that either allow the sun’s rays to penetrate the skin and/or penetrate the skin themselves and leech into the body. Oxybenzone is one of those ingredients and it suspected at being an endocrine disruptor. It is not recommended to be applied over a large portion of your body and sunscreens containing this ingredient will have the following warnings (by law):
“apply liberally” or “use sparingly”.
As I wrote in my book, The Cosmetic Chemicals Guide, products that contain harmful ingredients will , by law, carry warnings such as:
- Keep out of reach of children
- Use under adult supervision
- Keep away from children
- If ingested, contact your local Poison Control Center
- Keep away from eyes
- Discontinue is rash occurs; consult doctor if symptoms persist of worsen
Now, the last two are more of a common sense thing really. Any product that gets into the eyes will most likely irritate and cause eyes to get red, but some products contain coal-tar dyes which can cause blindness, so read the ingredients. As for rashes developing, allergies are strange and can happen to anyone at any time. Babies especially can react to essential oils found in natural products, so if you notice any rash with any product, discontinue and re-introduce later.
You can buy Badger sunscreen products in many specialty stores and health stores as well as online boutiques and wellness stores.