Sun care for babies

How can I protect my baby outside?

Sun care for babies

Keep your baby protected outside by covering them up with sun protective clothing, such as loosefitting, longsleeved outfits, clothing in light colours, widebrimmed hats, and sunscreen if they are older than six months.

Seek shade between 10am-3pm, even when the day is overcast. If shade is unavailable outside, consider a UV-protection cover or sun umbrella for the pram, a cabana, and sun shade for the car windows.

Consult your doctor before applying sunscreen to Babies under 6 months of age. As with any product, you put on your baby’s skin, please ensure you always conduct a text patch before applying.

What sunscreen should I use for my baby?

Take a look at our guide to the best baby sunscreen product to help you decide which sunscreen to use, and be sure to consult a doctor if they are younger than six months before you apply sunscreen.

It’s also important to be aware of the most often missed spots, to ensure you are taking care to give your baby the best protection possible.


Can I use sunscreen on babies under 6 months?

Can I use sunscreen on babies under 6 months?

Parents should consult a doctor before using sunscreen with babies under six months old.

Due to their sensitive skin, they may not be capable of tolerating the ingredients in sunscreen.


How else can I protect my baby from the sun?

Young babies should avoid sun exposure where possible. Ensure they are covered up in appropriate clothing when outdoors, and try to keep them shaded. You can also see our tips on how to protect your baby outside for more information.


What are the types of UV Rays?

What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

Understanding the difference between UVA and UVB can help you better understand why broad spectrum protection is so important.


What are UVA rays?

This stands for Ultraviolet A, and can be more easily remembered as “UV Aging rays” because they are the cause of long term skin damage & photo-aging. In other words, they cause premature ageing, wrinkles and sun spots.

What are UVB rays?

This stands for Ultraviolet B and are often referred to as “UV Burning rays” because they are the cause of sunburn. Unlike UVA, they have different strengths year round. UVB rays are the common cause of most skin cancers, which is why UVB protection is so important.

What about UBC rays?

UBC stands for Ultraviolet C. While it is the strongest and the most deadly of solar rays, our ozone layer stops these from reaching Earth.

How do I keep myself safe from all the different kinds of UV light?

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen that is specifically designed to block the effects of both UVA and UVB, and ensuring you are applying your sunscreen correctly, and reapplying appropriately, is the best way to keep your skin safe and reduce your skin cancer risk.



What are UV rays?

What are UV rays?

UV rays – or ultraviolet radiation – is the part of sunlight which causes sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation can be broken down into three bands: UVA, UVB, and UVC.


Does the amount of UV rays reaching Earth vary?

The amount of UV rays reaching the Earth’s surface varies throughout the day. The danger period is between 10am and 3pm. These are the hours when skin damage occurs the fastest. On a cloud-free day, we can feel maximum ultraviolet rays. However, ultraviolet levels are not related to the air temperature. There can be high levels of ultraviolet rays on cool days and UV rays still reach the Earth’s surface when there is cloud cover.

The higher the UV radiation levels, the less time it takes for skin damage to occur.

UV radiation levels are more intense between 10am – 3pm, when you need to be most vigilant about using products with UV protection such as sunscreen to shield yourself from UV light.

UV radiation levels are recorded using a UV Index (UVI), and being aware of the UVI on any particular day can help guide you in making sure you are using the right level of protection to stay sun safe.


What does the 50 in SPF50+ mean?

What does the 50 in SPF50+ mean?

SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and the 50 in SPF50 refers to the amount of protection the sun screen offers compared to unprotected skin.

SPF 50+ sunscreens are formulated to allow less damaging rays to reach your skin’s surface than lower SPF sunscreens. For example, when applied correctly, SPF30+ allows 3.3% of UVB rays to reach your skin while SPF 50+ allows only 2% to reach your skin. This may not sound like much of a difference, but over a lifetime of UV exposure, it all adds up.


What level of protection do other SPFs offer?

In general, the SPF number refers to the theoretical amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected without getting burnt, compared to unprotected skin. For example, SPF30 allows you to stay in the sun with less risk of sunburn for thirty times longer than you would if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

However, there are factors that influence this and can reduce the amount of protection offered, including: the fairness of your skin; physical activity that may cause the product to sweat or rub off; water exposure; and most importantly, correct application.

Make sure you check out our sunscreen application tips to ensure you are applying your product correctly to ensure maximum protection, and cover up exposed skin where possible.


Can I get sunburn on a cloudy day?

Can I get sunburn on a cloudy day?

You can suffer sun damage even on a cloudy day. Believe it or not, up to 80 per cent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog, so even though you might feel more protected because you can’t feel the heat of the sun (or see your shadow!) you still need to practice sun safety and wear sun screen.


Can I use a lower SPF on cloudy days?

You should still use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on cloudy days. In fact, some research has shown that particular types of clouds can increase the focus of UV light, raising the risk factor.


Will sunscreen block Vitamin D?

Will sunscreen block Vitamin D?

While it is true that sunscreen will block some of the Vitamin D provided by the sun, the benefits of using sunscreen far outweigh the benefits of receiving Vitamin D in this manner.


How can I get enough Vitamin D and stay sun safe?

According to the Cancer Council, regular use of sunscreen when the UV Index is 3 or above during normal daily activity should not stop you getting enough Vitamin D.


Does layering sunscreen increase SPF protection?

Does layering sunscreen increase SPF protection?

Layering two SPF does not add up to a higher level of protection. Using an SPF8 and SPF15 together won’t allow you to remain in the sun 23 times longer than without protection. It’s not additive, and you should always aim for a higher SPF rather than a lower one to be sun safe.

The table below shows the level of protection you can expect from different SPF products, but please remember these are a general guide only and protection can vary based on application, outdoor conditions and physical activity. You need to determine how long you’ll be in the sun, along with your skin type, and choose the appropriate SPF level for you.


What does SPF mean?

SPF stands for ‘sun protection factor’ and is a measure of how well a sun screen product protects the skin from UV radiation compared to unprotected skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens, like Banana Boat, protect against both UVA and UVB radiation.


Does higher SPF sunscreen contain more chemicals?

Does higher SPF sunscreen contain more chemicals?

Higher SPF sunscreen does not contain more chemicals than sun lotions with lower SPF.

Advances in sunscreen research and formulation has allowed Banana Boat to develop sunscreen products with equal or lower levels of active ingredients than Banana Boat formulated in previous years, so a higher SPF level does not equate to more chemicals.


What are the active ingredients?

Sunscreen ingredients can vary slightly across products, so it is important to check the label if you have any particular concerns such as allergies or sensitivities.

Should I use high SPF if I have sensitive skin?

You should always use the highest SPF possible to give you the best protection.

Banana Boat sensitive sunscreen range has been specially designed for sensitive skin to be gentle, yet effective, with a high SPF.