Sunscreen and Skin Sensitivity

It’s that time of year again when we need to start looking at sun protection. As the days get longer and hotter, it’s more important than ever that we make sure that the sun doesn’t add to allergies and other skin sensitivities we’re already dealing with. The good news is that there are more options than ever before, and many of them are a great fit for families who have skin allergies, eczema, and other sensitivities going on.

This week, I’d like to explore some aspects of sun care you may need to know this season, and introduce you to some techniques you may not have used before.

Clothing Never Fails

One of the best ways to keep the sun out while enjoying outdoor play is with clothing. Light cotton fabrics help keep the skin dry and able to breathe while cutting back dramatically on how much sun hits the skin. Clothing will raise body temperature a bit, but most children will acclimate to that very quickly.

Hats are another must-have for spring and summer sun. Some kids require a bit of encouragement to fall in love with wearing a hat, so try and get other adults and older siblings to get on board to help encourage them.

Sunscreen That Breathes

The National Eczema Association suggests avoiding sunscreen products that contain fragrances and tropical oils since these ingredients are known to cause reactions and eczema flare-ups in many people.

Go Mineral!

A great alternative to heavier sunscreens is powdered versions. These mineral-based powders sit on top of the skin and deflect sun rays. They are fully breathable, help keep the skin dry, and may even have some natural healing effects.

Get Gel

Gel sunscreens are also a great alternative when skin sensitivity, allergies, or eczema are an issue. Gel sunscreen tends to hydrate the skin without the use of harsh chemicals while adding the needed protection that will keep your sunshine play safe and healthy.


More Resource

For more information about safe sunscreen including reviews, allergy lists, and ingredient profiles, visit these great sites…

National Eczema Association

Go Dairy Free



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