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Aug 7, 2012
Eight Sunscreen Products for Kids and Families
Sun block, umbrellas, sunglasses, goggles, hats – even swimsuits: Smart ways to keep children looking cool (and staying safe) in those UV rays
Summer isn't over quite yet, and the temperatures aren't cooling down. With just about a month of vacation left, families all over southeast Michigan are still heading out for some fun in the sun. Whatever your plans may be, it's important to remember to remain protected from the sun. These fun and effective sunscreen products are sure to keep your kids safe from those harmful rays as they splash, run and play.
This sunscreen is widely recognized as the best on the market. It's the highest ranked one on the EWG sunscreen guide – ensuring your kiddies will receive superior protection. We all know that sunburns can put a real damper on things, aren't very fun – and, well, they hurt! Shield your child from damaging rays with Badger Sunscreen and they'll continue to enjoy the rest of their summer sunburn free. Recommended for ages 6 months and up. Available at Badger Balm and Coolibar; runs about $16-32.
The sun can scorch almost any part of the body. Your child's eyes will stay safe – and they'll look cool in the process – with these shades, designed for little tykes ages 2-4. The Spectron 4 Lens ensures strong protection against the sun, while the wrap-around flat elastic strap keeps them attached to the most active of kids. Available at Sunny Sports for about $24.95-$32.
For maximum sun protection, why not try an SPF swimsuit? They offer all-in one-coverage in baby, toddler and kid sizes. Don't think your tykes will like a body suit? The different styles are sure to win them over. The sleek and safe suits are breathable, washable, chlorine resistant – and they dry faster than regular bathing suits. Available at Solartex in sizes 2-14 for $25-$60.
Finally – a portable umbrella that has an SPF protection of 100! This compact, easy-to-use umbrella will end up being a beach staple. It comes with a carrying bag and disassembles to a convenient 24 inches. The PortaBrella has a fully attached anchoring system and can maneuver and block the sun from all angles, keeping your kids safely shaded. Available for about $40 at Shade USA.
These goggles will keep your kids swimming – and with good reason. Baby Banz swim goggles offer 100-percent UV protection for the eyes and are equipped with an anti-fogging system. Comes with two nosepieces for a custom fit and a hard case. For ages 3-plus. Snag a pair on Baby Banz or at Sun Grubbies for about $15.
This simply adorable hat is just as safe as it is cute. Its ultraviolet protection factor is rated 50-plus, and it's chlorine- and saltwater-resistant. Available in sizes 2T/4T and L/XL. Get yours at Coolibar for $25.
If your child isn't quite up for sporting the full SPF body suit, try sun sleeves. They offer full SPF protection and come in a variety of colors and patterns for boys and girls. They're recommended for ages 12 months-plus and available at Sunny Sleevez for about $14.99.
Infants naturally require more protection against the sun's harmful rays. With this two-in-one lip balm/sunscreen combo, your precious bundle of joy can enjoy the sunshine with the rest of the family. This mineral sunscreen protection is 100 percent organic and instantly moisturizes baby's skin. Apply liberally and often! Available at DrugStore.com and BabyGanics for about $4.99.