Eczema, Sensitive Skin and Sunscreen
Posted by Jennifer on July 15, 2009 – 6:02 am
So we all know that part of good sun safety is sunscreen. What do you do when you have little ones with extremely sensitive skin and bad eczema?
Well, I have two year old and a 11 month old and I’ve been trying to figure it out. I keep them out of the sun and use UV protective clothing as much as possible and of course I’ve spent a small fortune in sunscreen trying to see what would work for me. With their sensitive skin, it seemed that every sunscreen I tried had issues. Some gave my children all over body rashes, others would work on limbs but if applied to the trunk of the body – a rash appeared. Others just made my daughter’s eczema (which usually clears up pretty well in summer) worse! Talk about expensive, purchasing a bottle only to discover after one application that it wouldn’t work for us. After testing literally dozens of sunscreens I settled on two that worked fairly well. Aveeno Baby didn’t give a rash, though I did find it left a film and was a bit gritty. The other was Ocean Potion which I couldn’t find in stores near me but ordered it on line from a company in the USA. I wasn’t thrilled with either but they were the best that I’d come up with…until now.
After hearing about Set for a Sizzling Summer, Smartshield sent me some to review. I was thrilled since sunscreen is expensive and I had given up on finding the perfect one. I did my usual tests; a little on the limbs – wait day, a little more – wait a day; I didn’t want my littles to experience yet another body rash or itchy, irritated eczema. Much to my surprise, there was no reaction. Several weeks and many, many applications later I am convinced.
Neither of my little ones have had any skin reactions and I actually think that it (along with the sun) has been helping Chloe’s eczema because it has mostly cleared up again. SmartShield sunscreen goes on easily, leaves no residue and isn’t greasy.
They carry a wide range of products. Their formula is oil-free, aloe-vera based, hypoallergenic and waterproof. You can read more on their informative site.
SmartShield was kind enough to send me a couple sample packets which I would like to give away to a reader out there to try. If you have been trying countless sunscreens, looking for one that will work with your little ones skin issues, leave a comment.
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- Linked to Works for Me Wednesday. While I would usually never link a product review to someone else’s meme, I thought this one warranted it. Finding a sunscreen that works with skin problems can be so frustrating and expensive!! (Been there!)