The difference between children's sunscreen and other sunscreens

What is the difference between children's sunscreen and other sunscreens?

The easy answer is NOTHING.

If I compare an SPF50 sunscreen intended for children with a sunscreen not intended for children, the answer is often that there is no difference. So you can easily use the same as the children, and the children can easily use the same as you.

This is because there are not very many solar filters - and not many manufacturers either.

Perhaps you remember my recipe for homemade sunscreen: It is made from titanium dioxide, which is a physical sun filter. Physical means that it covers like a piece of clothing. It's the same sunscreen whether you mix it for children or for adults, and if the SPF is high, you can see them as a white or metallic color on the skin.

The other possible way is the chemical sun filters, which work in the outermost layers of the skin, where they absorb the harmful rays and in this way protect you. It's again the same ones we use, whether it's for children or adults - especially if you're within the same brand.

Some brands divide it into the fact that it is perfume-free for children, others think that it is waterproof for children, whereas the focus is on moisture for adults. But in the SPF composition itself, the same mixture is needed to protect the skin. When I see the ingredient list on sunscreens for children and adults from different brands, the difference is often meaningless to me and is mostly about the aforementioned. Then of course there is the packaging. For children, child-friendly things are often included in the shape of the packaging or drawings on the bottle. So it is often marketing. If you remember to read on the product how much you should use, and that all sunscreen must be reapplied if you or the child bathe a lot, then you are on the safe side no matter which sunscreen you choose. As long as you buy it in Europe, we all have high requirements, even when I write SPF30 on my Raz Skincare Rich Face Cream, Calm Face Cream or my Repair Salve, SPF30.

Sunscreen stains clothes yellow

The sun filters in themselves don't rub off that much, but the oil-soluble binders we add so that the sun filters stay on the skin can rub off terribly. Apply sunscreen and wait 20-40 minutes before getting dressed.

Is the damage done! The garment sticks to the skin, so you should treat it like glue. If you use detergents with optical white or other bleaching agents, they will be able to affect the binder and make it even more yellow or even pink. It also happens on many types of glue or paste. The paste must be dissolved carefully and preferably with alcohol. Put ordinary household alcohol on the stain, put the clothes in a plastic bag or similar and wait 6-12 hours. Then wash with colored wash on a regular cycle - it works for most yellow spots after sun cream or sun oils, which I have experienced the problem with.

Fun facts:

Nail polish remover in your sunscreen?

As a fun bit of extra info, there is an oil which is fantastic for mixing the different sun filters. This oil is called Dibutyl Adipate. This oil dissolves some of the nail polishes on the market. If you use a topcoat, this can often be avoided.

The beauty expert Raz