Sunblock vs Sunscreen

Sunblock vs. Sunscreen: what to choose?

It’s summertime and that means more outdoor time, which gives our youngsters a great opportunity to absorb the important Vitamin D from the sun’s rays. But when looking at sunblock vs sunscreen, which one better protects them from the sun’s harmful rays?

Here is the difference. Sunblocks are simply a physical barrier to the ultraviolet sunrays, both UVA and UVB sunrays. Sunscreens work their way into the skin and absorb the sunrays before they can do their damage. The SPF in sunscreen stands for “sun protection factor.” An SPF of 15 will block 95 percent of the radiation, SPF of 30 will block 97 percent. These are generally sufficient.

sunblock vs sunscreenFor babies, we prefer sunblocks instead of sunscreens. Sunblocks are okay for infants under six months because the potentially irritating chemicals are not absorbed by the skin. Because sunscreen chemicals are absorbed, parents are advised to avoid them for babies under six months.

So let your baby or child enjoy the healthy outdoors during sunnier months with the appropriate protection. Also, it makes good sense to have them outdoors before 10am and after 3pm when the sunrays are less intense. And for baby, a wide-brimmed hat is always a good idea.

When deciding on sunblock vs sunscreen consider some other sun protection tips to keep your little ones safe. Also, be sure to check out the EWG’s most current guide for safe sunscreens.