I’m a Health Editor, and My Kids Keep Getting Sunburns

It’s pretty shameful. Nearly every Sunday night this summer, I’ve seen that my young daughters have way too much color, especially on their face, where they keep getting slight burns on their nose and under their eyes. I am completely vigilant about sunscreen, and thanks to this job, I have an endless supply of it. But something’s not working, whether it’s me or the SPF I’m using.

I was recently at the beach with my sister, who used a sunscreen wipe on her 2-year-old daughter just as I was about to embark on my usual routine of spraying my girls’ bodies, putting lotion on their faces, and using a stick SPF on their nose and ears and under their eyes. My daughters looked wistfully over at their cousin–who was finished getting ‘screened up in about 30 seconds–and asked if they could use the wipe, too. My sister swiftly rubbed their faces and told me how much she swears by the towelettes, which are from a company called MD Moms and developed by two pediatricians who themselves have children. Even with that pedigree, I confess I was slightly skeptical …

… Until we got home that afternoon and I saw that for once, my children’s faces were the same shade they were when we arrived at the beach. Hallelujah! And now that I’ve done a little digging online, I see that basically everyone who uses these wipes (official name: Baby Silk Babysafe Sunscreen Towelettes) is a devotee. They are a must-have as I head to the beach tomorrow for a week’s vacation.

Now, the wipes aren’t cheap–$26 for 20–but think of the pros: They’re foolproof. They’re great for babies. They can get in kids’ eyes without irritating them. You can bring them on your carry-on luggage, unlike any other sunscreen. And they work.

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  1. by Meghan

    On August 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    They are amazing…I swear by them. I used to be sweating after trying to get sunscreen on my squirmy 2 year old and now it’s a totally stress-free task.

  2. by Kaely

    On August 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I’ve used them and they do work great, but the price is really hard to swallow. We do long sleeved rashguard shirts and hats when we’re out in the sun and it cuts down on the amount of sunscreen we have to use (and the time it takes to put in on). It’s way easier when all you have to worry about is legs, hands, and faces. Also you should apply sunscreen before you get to the beach/pool/where-ever, not only does it help with kids who are anxious to play, but chemical sunscreen needs to be absorbed to work properly and that takes a little bit of time.

  3. by Lauren

    On August 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I love these wipes. I especially like that they’re physical sunscreen, not chemical (which my son is allergic to). We’ve used this brand for the last couple of years and he’s never once had a burn. Yes, a little more expensive, but far less than all the bottles I’ve tossed in the garbage.