How to Choose a Sunscreen for Kids without a Chemistry Degree

Choosing a sunscreen can be as daunting as tackling a chemistry test ‚Äď you need to understand the chemical terms and prioritize your needs. Here we break it down into a simple process to make the choice easier for you!

At the heart of any sunscreen is the selection of active ingredients. Mineral ingredients are safer but can feel a bit uncomfortable to wear, compared to the more light-weight feel and texture of a chemical sunscreen. While it’s ok for adults to prioritize the product’s sensorials over safety somewhat, for sensitive populations like young children or individuals with compromised immune systems, stick with mineral-based sunscreens which are much safer.

Zinc Oxide, renowned for its ability to shield against harmful UV rays, stands out as a popular choice. However, it's crucial to understand the difference between nano and non-nano zinc oxide. Nano Zinc Oxide can get into the blood stream, so non-nano zinc is preferred.

The concentration of active ingredients is essential. Aim for a robust 25% concentration of non-nano zinc oxide for optimal protection. Products with lower concentrations ‚Äď 15% to 20% - may not provide adequate defense against sun damage.

When it comes to the "inactive ingredients," they're far from useless fillers. Natural oils like coconut, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil not only make sunscreen easier to apply but also provide essential hydration, especially under the harsh sun. Antioxidant-rich extracts such as raspberry seed and green tea further enhance the sunscreen's protective abilities, shielding the skin from environmental stressors.

Choosing the right sunscreen for your little ones is all about prioritizing efficacy and safety. That's why Shoosha's pure mineral sunscreen is crafted with care, giving you peace of mind and endless fun under the sun!