Eczema Sunscreen Selection: 4 Essential Rules to Follow

Eczema Sunscreen Selection: 4 Essential Rules to Follow

In the time I've been advising people on how to treat their eczema and creating content for families like mine, I've realized that although they all know it's important to apply sunscreen, some of them don't include it in their skin care routine.

The reasons people give me for not applying sunscreen are many, but one of the most common is that they stopped using it because they felt it damaged their skin.

The reality is that sunscreen is necessary for all skin and when you have a condition like eczema, the need for sunscreen increases since you need to protect your skin even more. 

That's why I want to share with you some tips for choosing the perfect sunscreen for you:

1. Choose products with safe ingredients ✨

Choosing products for eczema skin is not as simple as buying products that say "for sensitive skin" on the label. You need to have a basic understanding of the irritating ingredients to avoid.

A sunscreen with a fragrance will never be a good choice, nor will those containing dyes.

Here are some of the other sunscreen ingredients you should avoid 👇🏽

❌ Fragrances or perfumes
❌ Alcohol
❌ Octocrylene and oxybenzone
❌ Parabens
❌ Lanolin
❌ Essential oils
❌ Colorants
❌ Strong preservatives

2. Opt for physical sunscreens 🌞

To know how to choose correctly, the first thing you should know is that mineral sunscreens are physical, unlike chemical sunscreens where the ingredients are absorbed by the skin, physical sunscreens create a layer on the skin that reflects and scatters ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

These types of sunscreens contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients, and are less irritating to sensitive skin.

3. Choose a high SPF ⬆️

Opt for a sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor), preferably SPF 30 or higher, to ensure good protection.

4. Look for products labeled "hypoallergenic" 🍃

Selecting hypoallergenic sunscreens is essential for those with sensitive or allergy-prone skin, as these products are specially designed to minimize the risk of triggering skin irritation or adverse reactions.

✨Here are some of my favorite sunscreen choices✨

💛 Badger Baby Mineral Sunscreen Cream 40 FPS

💛 Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen FPS

💛 Thinkkids 50 FPS

I hope you find this information helpful, and that you now consider sun protection as an essential part of your skincare routine.

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