Sunscreen for baby, kids, & teens| Dr Dray 🌞

well hey guys hope your week is going

well as you can tell from the title and

thumbnail today I'm going to be covering

a topic that many of you asked me to

talk about in the comments and that is

sunscreens for babies and children which

ones are good which ones do are

kid-friendly and if I could cover some

tips for getting kids to put sunscreen

on first thing I'm gonna cover is safety


I think overriding lis so probably one

of the most confusing areas for people

to navigate as a safety of sunscreen

there are many mixed messages out there

if you google sunscreen you will get

this massive search results back of all

these terrifying sounding articles about

toxicity and dangerous chemicals and

nanoparticles and all of this you know

endocrine disruptors it can be

incredibly alarming as a parent you're

like oh my gosh what should i do how do

I protect my kids skin there is no

evidence of any harm to human health

from applying sunscreens I will say that

again there is no evidence of harm to

human health from applying sunscreens

sunscreen is a behavior that can help us

to protect our skin from the damaging

effects of ultraviolet light from the

Sun and the students behavior is started

and practiced the more routine it

becomes and the more protective it is so

that means for young kids learning how

to put sunscreen on early is so so

important just like teaching them how to

brush their teeth just like teaching

them how to tie their shoes these are

things that we learn how to do young and

unfortunately most of us do not yet

learn about the importance of sun

protection for our skin early on the

sunscreen ingredients that I think

parents and people in general become

most alarmed about are many of the

chemical filters and sunscreens such as

oxybenzone and benzophenone you know if

you google these ingredients you'll get

lots of reports and them

endocrine disrupters but again I will

emphasize to you there is no evidence of

any harm to human health from using

sunscreens that contain these

ingredients aside from occasional ayat

they can be irritating when applied to

the skin but they do not penetrate the

skin didn't they do not cause any actual

endocrine diseases they are not linked

to breast cancer in humans whatsoever

this has been looked at and examined

extensively repeatedly not only by

researchers in Europe as well as

Australia as well as the United States

and it is agreed upon by expert

consensus report and continually

evaluated that these ingredients are

more than safe applied to the skin

people still have reservations about

them and that is fine there are other

options for sunscreens out there that do

not warn you having to choose those so

if you still want to exclude them I

totally understand but do you know for

those of you out there who are who are

worried there is no evidence of any harm

to human health from these ingredients

the other sunscreen ingredient which

generates quite a bit of controversy

particularly on the Internet

is nano nano sized zinc nano sized

titanium dioxide people are very alarmed

and very concerned about the safety of

nanoparticles and I can tell you with

confidence that nanoparticle zinc

titanium dioxide and sunscreens and

other other personal care products

applied to the skin has not demonstrated

in any any manner whatsoever to be

harmful for human health it's been shown

in a very very rigorous studies to

remain localized to the top layer layers

of the skin and not be the absorb

systemically or have any untoward

effects on humans human organ function

or human health whatsoever so they are

more than safe but outside of safety

concerns of ingredients and sunscreens

for our health and for the health of our

children and and for people many of you

understand lis so

have concerns about these ingredients

for the safety of environment of the

environment particularly in the setting

of the recent Hawaii ban on some

sunscreen ingredients so as I reviewed

for you all earlier about the Hawaii ban

some chemical sunscreen filters and nano

sized particles in sunscreens have been

shown to be harmful to the cheese or the

health of the coral reefs and that is

why exceed enzone has been banned in

Hawaii and many people have concerns

about nanoparticle zinc or titanium so

many of you want to avoid sunscreens

that contain those ingredients from an

environmental from an environmental

point of view you are concerned about

their impacts on the environment

completely understandable

again there are there are still

alternative sunscreens that are that

that are more than safe specifically a

non nano sized zinc titanium dioxide but

if you're watching this video chances

are you want to know what sunscreens are

best for young children and teenagers

and the answer to that is the one that

your child likes and uses sunscreen is

only effective if your child learns to

put it on early and puts it on

consistently and doesn't mind using it

so that is why I went over some of these

safety concerns about sunscreen

ingredients because if your child likes

a particular sunscreen and you have

reservations about the ingredients

hopefully that information may be offset

some of those concerns a little bit or

gave you gave you a place to make a more

informed decision for you and your

family but do know that sunscreens are

more than safe and the best one is the

one that your child will use and use

consistently and that's probably going

to marry it quite a bit depending on

what stage of life they're and teenagers

you know will have different different


skincare aesthetics and then say a

four-year-old but as far as some

protection for children

starting with with infants and babies

babies under the age of six months

should really not go be exposed to

direct sunlight at all their skin is not

completely mature their skin barrier is

not fully formed yet and sun exposure in

a baby particularly younger than the age

of six months can you know have

significant significant significant

effects on on their overall health

later on adulthood their skin is very

very fragile I mean we talk about you

know your skin being more sensitive to

sun exposure with after a chemical peel

a baby is like I mean that baby scan is

really really really really precious and

really susceptible so absolutely sun sun

direct sun for bait a newborn baby is is

a known out to their skin health when

you do take your baby outside use some

protective fabrics to keep their skin

safe that is one of the better choices

but I have a whole video on Sun

protective fabrics Sun protective

clothing you know I happen to be a fan

of Coolibar personally they make

clothing for adults but also a lot of

clothing for children and some

protective fabrics for babies so you

know that's that's the company that I'm

most familiar with just for personal use

they make really great products I have a

whole video talking about Sun protective

clothing but choosing fabrics that offer

UV protection is is a good good idea if

you're gonna have to take your baby out

in in Sun and expose them to the Sun but

any any areas of the body of a young

baby that are exposed to Sun go ahead

and put sunscreen on those areas it is

more than safe and the best sunscreen

probably for baby skin because it is

susceptible to irritation is is non nano

sized ink so that would be that would be

the overriding recommendation is to

choose a non now

sighs neck or titanium dioxide sunscreen

for babies and guess what sunscreens for

babies are more than fine for everybody

else so get you know find one that you

all like and stock up and just slap on

everybody but any Sun exposed areas and

young babies particular go ahead and

slather on that sunscreen

very thick I will list in the

description box below some of my

favorite sunscreens for children so

check there

but yes non nano-sized zinc titanium on

any innocent exposed areas and babies

probably the best choice just because

it's the least irritating not because

it's the safest but because it is the

least irritating and it's the least

controversial so any concerns you have

over the ingredients I mentioned

previously non nano sized egg not gonna

shouldn't shouldn't come into play but

in young children it is still imperative

to have them protect their skin with sun

protective clothing you know in

Australia they actually have which

legislation in place to you you know it

insists that schools and playgrounds

public areas have sun protective shields

and side on the playground equipment

because the because the UV exposure

there is so potent in their skin cancer

rates are so incredibly high they have a

lot of legislation in place for to

protect to protect children but that the

same those same the same tenets hold

true for all children internationally

it's not just in Australia we all should

be protecting young children while

they're playing outside with Sun

protective fabrics a broad-brimmed hat

and get them to to learn to wear wear

that really and sunglasses as well I

have a hinge higher video about

sunglasses it's mostly targeting adults

but do you know that young children need

sunglasses as well that offered UVA UVB

protection for their eyes from the

damaging effects to the eyes from

ultraviolet light can set the stage for

cataracts and you know skin cancers can

form around the eyes

to protect their eyes and you know when

they grow up to be adults if anything

they will thank you because their ocular

health their skin health and it can help

protect them from developing those

crow's feet later on in adulthood that

everybody everybody loves to hate

so keep their skin protected all through

childhood as far as as sunscreens for

kids in this age group young children

school-age children again the least

controversial least irritating ones out

there or the non nano zinc now do you

know that the non nano zinc tends to be

very white and filmy and so as kids get

a little bit older they're going to be a

little bit more more resistant with that

white film of the sunscreen because it

may be embarrassing to them but those

are those are the least controversial

again all sunscreen ingredients are more

than safe in human health so no worries

whichever one your kid likes is a good

one but again the least controversial

non nano mineral sunscreens still an

excellent choice offers good protection

against UVB the skin cancer causing rays

and UVA those those rays from the Sun

that penetrate very deeply

the most important tip though that I

will give you is to give your child

several different sunscreens and let

them choose which one they like let them

play around with them you know I see all

the time like mommy and a little girl

kind of setups where mom's putting on

her makeup and you know the little girl

has like a plastic makeup compact or

whatever and she's mimicking mommy the

same behavior can be learned with

sunscreen a skin cancer prevention

behavior you know early on you know

mommy's putting on sunscreen

daddy's putting on sunscreen grandma

uncle aunt neighbor caregiver nanny

everybody putting it on in front of the

child reminding the child these

behaviors you know they see they do they

repeat they learn so giving them a

choice of the one they like teaching

them how to put

on themselves so important and as far as

the type of sunscreen you always want to

look for a sunscreen that is at least

SPF 30 and labeled broad-spectrum

meaning it offers a UVB and UVA

protection and non nano sized zinc

sunscreens will will provide that to

look for that on the label and just

select water-resistant sunscreens as

well they tend to stay on the skin much

better particularly with activities that

involve sweating and activity and

running around and children getting wet

it is much better choice now sunscreens

come in sprays creams lotion sticks

which ones are best for kids again the

one that they like let's let's figure

that one out the one that they like and

let's let's try and navigate that area

so the best ones are creams and lotions

because you can get a good consistent

even layer on there however kids do not

always like putting those on another

option our sticks particularly around

the eyes the stick sticks work well the

sticks work work pretty well for little

babies as well because ideally they

should be largely covered up and you

know they're helpful for putting on

their little hands and fingers while

they're wiggling around

but young children really try and get

them to to learn to like the feeling of

sunscreens and lotions and creams

because those allow the most consistent

application parents children consumers

in general are a huge fan of sunscreens

and sprays however I do not recommend

spray sunscreens they don't consistently

apply they don't consistently distribute

sunscreen molecules sunscreen

ingredients in even film a large

percentage of the sunscreens actually

aerosolized and lost in the environment

and doesn't make it onto the skin but I

appreciated the fact that they are

easier to apply to kids so my tip for

those of you who really really like the


is to select a zinc based sunscreen

spray that way you can actually see the

film on the skin going on you know it is

on there versus a chemical sunscreen

you're not going to be able to see if

it's just if it's just the solvent the

the inactive ingredients on the skin or

that or the actual sunscreen filters a

mineral spray you can at least see it on

there and the better and the best way

actually to apply it is to spray it in

your hands

indoors outside you know don't spray it

outside because it's just steep you know

it's just going everywhere spray it into

your hands and and then put it on the


copious okay so sunscreens and Spray

vehicles tend to you know feel sometimes

a little bit better to kids but in

particular so I understand that and that

would be the way to put them on is to

actually spray them on your hands and

then you know you can rub them on their

face teach them how to do it themselves

a tip for teenagers though don't try and

scare them about Sun and skin cancer

risks that tends to not resonate very

well with adolescents they really don't

don't receive those messages

particularly well like you know telling

them you'll thank me later that really I

mean I don't have teenagers I don't you

know live with them so I'm just speaking

from kind of observation but that really

just is not effective instead really

work with them try and explore why it is

that they don't like a particular

sunscreen is it the feel is that the

film of the you know does it leave a

film and try and try and just be really

supportive to help them choose one but

continuing to continuing to mandate that

sunscreen application it is necessary

continue to demand that of their

children all the way all the way through

but be supportive when they when they

come into adolescence and you know may

stop liking a particular one and may not

like to use it with adolescents and with

puberty comes acne oily skin

and so some of their skin concerns may

change a little bit some of their skin

needs again to emphasize chemical

sunscreens more than safe and can be a

good choice for for oily acne prone skin

because it doesn't leave that film that

makes the acne look look more prominent

it can actually help the acne protect

the acne from healing with a dark mark

so do not fear sunscreen as a trigger

for acne as something that's going to

flare acne if anything it will prevent

it will protect the acne prevent flares

that are induced by sun exposure and

also protect the healing acne from any

hyperpigmentation that results from sun

exposure as the heal as the acne is

healing so do not avoid sunscreen in an

oily shiny kid whose breaking out around

puberty or throughout adolescence for

fear of worsening acne it's actually the

opposite sunscreen is necessary and sun

protection because sun exposure to acne

in particular is no good so if they are

battling with acne oily skin and half

you know are resistant to put on

sunscreen be supportive help them choose

one that feels good it doesn't feel oily

or greasy I will list them down below

they're very acne friendly so check

there in the description box and help to

help and hopefully that will help your

teenager pick one that that is good for

them but sun protection is not just a

summer it's not just a summer activity

ok this is not just a water park theme

park activity this is a year-round

behavior so when the children go back to

school after summer vacation the

behaviors should not stop it should

occur in the fall the winter 365 days a


regardless of how sunny or gray it is

outside every single day sun protection

it needs to be on board if it's daylight

out ultraviolet light is hitting the

skin and

is is aging the skin and setting the

stage for skin cancers and so that

protection needs to be ongoing they need

to continue to wear sunscreen all school

year you know where I see it falling

through the cracks and always gives me

most reservation is during the spring

and fall it's suddenly cooler and people

just completely completely bail on

everything they learned over the summer

with sun protection pick out you know

starting in fall sport band marching

band they're outside it's daylight the

Sun is still it's still there just

because it's not hot out just because

it's not bright it's because you're not

at the beach with a bikini on and you

you know your child is outdoors they're

getting sun exposure in the car you know

as they're going to school so the

behavior does not stop once once school

is in session one significant barrier in

the United States that in many states is

changing is that schools do not allow

children to bring sunscreen from home

and apply it you know they they view it

as a potential distraction you know it

was really popular I don't know if it

still is for kids to eat those tide

laundry detergent pods some of the

schools are are worried that kids will

start eating their sunscreen this is

ridiculous the risk of eating sunscreen

is is actually lower than the risk of

skin cancer from inadvertent sun

exposure yeah I mean unlike a tide

laundry detergent pod however I mean if

you did eat sunscreen it's probably not

going to kill you unless you choked on

them unless you choked on the bottle you

know I don't know but to me it just

doesn't it's just not a lot of rational

argument sunscreen is distracting okay

fine I I wish that there were better

better things in place and then lastly I

know I will get questions about this

what about vitamin D

shouldn't our children get some sun

exposure for vitamin D you should we be

concerned about rickets you know

sunscreen used as a source of vitamin D

say has and not been substantiated in

any manner the fact of the matter is

people don't wear sunscreen enough to

account for vitamin D deficiency in the

rates of vitamin D deficiency there is

no amount of sun exposure that you can

that your child or you can receive that

will quote raise your vitamin D without

simultaneously mutating the DNA and the

skin cells suppressing the immune system

decreasing the ability of our immune

system to fight off pathogens fight off

disease and age the skin so you know

you're getting you're getting all of

these insults we wouldn't even know what

to tell you as far as how much sun

exposure you should get without putting

you at risk you know you can get nice

and from from eating up a bowl of

frosted flakes they add it to cross the

flick so are you going to go eating an

entire box of frosted flakes to prevent

pellagra no I mean that's ridiculous you

can get it from other sources the same

argument holds true for for vitamin D

are you going to go you know mutating

the DNA and your skin cells aging the

skin suppressing the immune system

decreasing your ability to fight off

infections also that you can get a

little vitamin D where that can be

obtained from dietary sources and or

supplements now I thought anyways guys I

hope this video is helpful I know it can

be a really challenging area to navigate

with all the controversies concerns

fears about ingredients and sunscreens

but the behavior is best learned early

repeated and mandated and the earlier

you or your children start protecting

their skin the better off their overall

skin health will be they will definitely

thank you down the road when their

burden of skin cancer is is reduced and

when their skin is not as photo aged as

their peers who who did not practice the

behavior early on so your child will

thank you one day and the sooner the

sooner you enforce it the better and

again I will listen the description box

a variety of sunscreens I will label

them its chemical mineral non nano


so choosing whichever one you feel most

comfortable want with and giving your

child in a spectrum to choose from that

they can feel comfortable applying that

it's key teach them how to do it and

teach them to do it themselves early on

so repetition is key anyways guys I hope

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