24 April 2012

Sunscreen for infants and children that meet FDA's new guidelines

It's that time of year again. It's warming up and the little ones are spending more time outdoors. You are bursting at the seams to get the kiddos outside and into the fresh air, but may find yourself standing in front of what seems like an endless supply of sunscreen options at the store. Do you choose organic or natural? Forty or fifty proof? Waterproof, scentfree, bug-repellent? Decisions, decisions..... To help narrow down your options, the FDA has released new guidelines on sunscreen for children. Here is a rundown of what to expect:
  • Changes will go into effect by the end of summer 2012
  • Products labeled "Broad Spectrum SPF" are indicative of a higher protection level from both UVA and UVB radiation. This means they have passed the FDA's broad spectrum test which analyzes the products UVA protection comparative to its UVB protection.
  • Use Claims: Only products with a Broad Spectrum SPF of 15 or above may state claim to protect against early signs of aging and skin cancer. Those with an SPF value ranging from 2-14 may only state claim to sunburn protection.
  • "Sunblock, "Waterproof", "Sweatproof", What?: Gone are the days when you will see these three words on your sunscreen bottle. The use of these terms exaggerate their actual effectiveness.
  • Claims to water resistance: Labels must state either 40 or 80 minutes of effectiveness while either swimming or sweating.
  • ALL drug facts must be printed on the label
Green Babies, a New York based, eco-friendly company whose goal is to provide customers with natural and sustainable products, already has launched sunscreen which meets the FDA's new guidelines.

As part of their already existent body care line, this new sunscreen contains 20% zinc oxide and is water resistance for up to 40 minutes.

It is BPA free, absorbs easily (meaning no more of that thick stuff), is hypo-allergenic, and does NOT contain oxybenzone OR PABA.

 The new product uses natural pine bark resin for its water resistance and a tangerine essential oil for its scented version. Ingredients are certified organic, vegan, in addition to being fruit and plant based.

 Check out other products from Green Babies.

 You can learn more information about the FDA's new guidelines here.

Laeticia Butler | @Vegwritingmomma | Facebook | Blog Baltimore, MD After suffering with health issues for two years, Laeticia became a vegan and was able to go from barely walking to running half marathons. She became well aware of the cruelty to animals through research during her life change. In doing so, Laeticia discovered a newfound love and respect for animals and works hard to teach her son why we don't eat them. She is currently training for her first marathon. One of Laeticia's goals as a writer and blogger is to help motivate others to living a healthier lifestyle through a healthy diet and fitness.

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