Hypoallergenic Sunscreen: A Buying Guide For Safe Fun In The Sun
Keeping you and your family safe while enjoying the great outdoors is probably high on your list of priorities. One way to best protect your and your family’s skin is by using hypoallergenic sunscreen.
But when it comes to buying and choosing the right sunscreen, we know it can be a little bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this buying guide to help keep you safe while having fun in the sun!
What’s In Your Sunscreen?
When searching for a safe sunscreen, it can be difficult to narrow down your options and know exactly what the best choice is. We suggest doing a little research before heading to the store to make your purchase.
To start with, know what’s in your sunscreen! All sunscreens are either considered a chemical sunscreen or a mineral (physical) sunscreen.
Chemical sunscreens are made with chemical active ingredients and work like a sponge to absorb the sun’s rays. They’re usually easier to rub into your skin and don’t leave a white residue.
Mineral sunscreens are made with one or two mineral active ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. They act as a shield and sit on top of your skin to deflect the sun’s rays.
What Is Hypoallergenic Sunscreen And Why Do You Need It?
Simply put, if a product has a “hypoallergenic” label, it means it doesn’t contain active ingredients that could irritate your skin, like oxybenzone or octinoxate. These types of products are generally safer and better for you.
If you, your little one, or anybody in your family has eczema, hypoallergenic products are your best bet at keeping the skin calm.
Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, hypoallergenic sunscreens fight to protect you from the sun’s damaging rays while keeping your skin healthy. Because, remember, whatever you put on your skin has the potential to get in your skin!
That’s why it’s important to know what’s in your skincare products, including sunscreen. Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are made the same, which is why we’re here to help you choose the best hypoallergenic sunscreen.
The health of your skin matters to us, and all of our products are clinically tested hypoallergenic as well as allergy-tested. Specifically, our sun care collection is made with 100% mineral zinc oxide.
One of the main active ingredients you want to look for in your sunscreen is zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is a mineral that does a great job of protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays by physically blocking UVA and UVB (even UVC!) rays.
Unlike chemical sunscreens, zinc oxide sits on top of your skin to create a barrier, rather than soaking into your skin. Not only does it provide the best defense against the sun’s rays, but it’s also good for your skin!
Taking it a step further, non-nano zinc oxide means that the particles aren’t small enough to penetrate your skin and absorb into your bloodstream, which is much safer for your body!
We’ve done our research here at Babo Botanicals, which is why all of our sunscreens are formulated with safe, non-nano zinc particles!
For example, check out our Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30. This hypoallergenic sunscreen is free of oxybenzone and octinoxate and is made with a non-nano formula. Plus, it moisturizes and soothes your skin!
Hypoallergenic Sunscreen For Your Face
You might be wondering if you can use the same sunscreen on your face that you use on your body. The short answer is yes!
However, keep in mind that the skin on your face is a lot more sensitive and delicate than the skin on the rest of your body. For this reason, your face might need to be treated a bit differently.
The good news is we’ve created sunscreen sticks that are specifically designed for your delicate facial skin. Our Clear Zinc Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 - Fragrance Free is made with a hypoallergenic formula that contains zinc, goes on clear, and is non-greasy.
And, of course, we can’t forget about the little ones! Our Fragrance Free SPF 50 Baby Face Mineral Sunscreen Stick was created by a mom of three, so your baby’s skin needs were at the heart of this formula.
It’s made with 100% non-nano zinc oxide and 70+% organic ingredients, which means it’s perfect for your little one with sensitive skin.
And are you looking to add a little glow to your face? Try our Tinted Face Natural Glow Mineral Stick - SPF 50, Fragrance Free that’s ideal for year-round outdoor activities!
How To Choose A Hypoallergenic Sunscreen
Read The Labels
Always read the label and ingredients list of any skincare product you’re considering. Look for a sunscreen that has zinc listed as an active ingredient and a hypoallergenic or sensitive skin label on it.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), “In general, if a sunscreen label says ‘sensitive skin,’ it often means that the sunscreen:
- Contains one or both of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide
- Does NOT contain fragrance, oils, PABA, or active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens, which can irritate sensitive skin
- Is hypoallergenic.”
Avoid Skin Irritants
Anything you put on your skin has the potential to affect its health, as well as the overall health of your body. If you put the wrong sunscreen on your skin, it could potentially cause a rash or some other type of breakout.
The best defense against this is to avoid products that use chemicals as an active ingredient. In general, avoid ingredients like:
These ingredients tend to cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Expert tip: If you do have sensitive skin, it’s also best to use fragrance-free products. This is because the ingredients used to create a scent can easily irritate your skin!
Choose Natural Ingredients
A good rule of thumb is to look for natural ingredients including jojoba esters, organic aloe vera, calendula, and sunflower oil (just to name a few!).
Our Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 has all of those and more! This lightweight, hypoallergenic formula soothes your skin and is great for the entire family.
(For more information on spray sunscreen, check out our article Spray Sunscreen And Babies: Everything You Need To Know.)
What’s more, some of our products are made with our patented Nutri-Soothe Complex. This complex contains five certified organic botanicals that are packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories.
It’s formulated with:
- Certified Organic Calendula
Our Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 contains this exclusive complex to soothe and moisturize your skin while protecting it from the sun!
Consider Your Skin Type
Different types of skin need different types of sunscreen. For example, your baby’s skin is a lot different from yours! Compared to your little one, your skin has years of sun exposure.
Additionally, some people have dry or sensitive skin. But our Sheer Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 is gently formulated, so it’s safe for your entire family!
Safe Fun In The Sun
Whether you’re taking a trip to the beach during the summer or taking a walk during the winter, applying sunscreen is a must to have safe fun in the sun!
The best type of sunscreen to make this a reality is a hypoallergenic one. Hypoallergenic sunscreens are made with natural ingredients and don’t contain active ingredients that could irritate your skin.
Know exactly what’s in your sunscreen by reading the label and ingredients list. Look for natural ingredients, like zinc oxide, and avoid irritants, like oxybenzone.
Choose a sunscreen that’s going to help your skin, not harm it. Babo Botanicals has a great collection of safe sunscreens to meet all your family’s skincare needs. Grab your favorite hypoallergenic sunscreen for safe fun in the sun!