As the leader in sun safety for the child care industry, providing quarts and gallons in a Kids package enhances our marketing program.
All of Rocky Mountain Sunscreen's formulas are 100% Gluten Free. In addition, our lip balm is also gluten free. Please see our product specifications page for more information.
No product is a total sunblock. The normal range of protection is between 92-98% depending on the SPF rating and Broad Spectrum designation. The best available sun protection on the market is the sunscreen that meets the FDA claims: Broad Spectrum Protection, SPF 15 or higher, and Water Resistant (80 Minutes).
IMPORTANT: Practice a combination of sun-safe measures to insure optimum protection, such as avoiding the mid-day sun and wearing sun protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a long-sleeved shirt. Please review our TEN RULES to Save your Skin.
It was previously believed that infants under six months should not wear sunscreen. However, according to the team at the American Academy of Pediatrics, “there's no evidence that using sunscreen on small areas of a baby's skin causes harm". In the August 1999 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement that claims parents may use sunscreen on infants younger than six months when proper clothing and shade are not accessible. It is still recommended to avoid sun exposure all together or dress babies in lightweight long sleeved shirts and pants. Experts now say sunscreen is far less risky to babies than once thought, and not nearly as risky as unprotected exposure to the sun.
Children may have undetected allergies and sensitivities. Before going into the sun for the first time, test a sunscreen on a small spot on the skin. If the spot turns red or shows signs of irritation overnight, avoid the use of sunscreen and keep the child out of the sun until a dermatologist can determine the cause of the problem.
UV rays cause the skin to produce Melanin, a brown pigment, which acts as the body's natural sunscreen. In addition, gradual exposure to sunlight produces a thickening of the outer skin. These both exist to defend the skin from harmful radiation. Skin peeling after a sunburn is another way the body protects itself. If a cell has a small amount of damage to its DNA, the damage will be repaired and continue to function normally. However, if the damage is excessive, the cell(s) will die because of an internal mechanism that won’t allow the cell to survive with such a mutation. It is the death of these gene-damaged cells that causes the skin to peel after a sunburn.
According to a study by Laurie Owen-Schwab, a protein named Fas is the key to this cell elimination process. For more information on this study, please READ THIS ABSTRACT at Sciencemag.org abstract.
Some medications shift the skins UV sensitivity to a different area in the light spectrum where sunscreens don't provide protection. Some examples include diuretics, antibiotics, heart medications and NSAIDs. In some instances, sunscreens may impact or interfere with the effectiveness of the medication. Always check medications, including common OTC drugs, for sun warnings. Insect repellents and fragrances are examples of products that may produce an irritation or rash similar to an allergic reaction.
Here is a link to a WebMD feature by Leanna Skarnulis and reviewed by Brunilda Nazario MD that helps identify some of the culprits that can increase sun sensitivity: BEWARE OF SUNBURN BOOSTERS.