We performed hypoallergenic, as well as usage tests in order to guarantee the safety of our ALGA MARIS ® Child Sunscreen SPF50+. For every product put on the market, we make a safety evaluations supervised by an independent toxicology expert. According to new cosmetics regulations, this person is responsible for certifying safety after examining test results and calculating security margins. Maximal usage considerations (quantity applied, frequency, penetration) are thus determined. According to the age group intended for the product, adults or children, the security margins vary. The expert we consulted recommended that the sunscreen be used on children aged 6 months and over.
The formula was devised using exclusively natural ingredients in the most efficient way possible, limiting the number of different ingredient types. We put a strong emphasis on the quality and tolerance of each ingredient. In this way, our product does not contain allergens or added fragrances.
Exposure of infants under 3 to direct sunlight is not recommended.
A child’s skin has a very similar structure and functions to the skin of an adult, but some functions are not mature. The pH level of a child’s skin is higher and its protective function is less developed ; the child’s surface-to-weight ratio is almost three times higher than the adult’s : the risk of toxicity is therefore higher because the penetration is three times higher. Certain functional anatomical characteristics are different : hyper-plasticity of the skin with a rich vascular dermal network, a thinner horny layer of the epidermis and melanocytes that are less functional during the first year.
Therefore, creams intended for a child’s skin require a specific formulation because if it is different in its structure, it will also be different in its function. In fact, a child’s skin is more vulnerable and is less able to carry out its natural protective function.
A person is considered a physiological child until the age of 15, but for sunscreen products it should be used until puberty or slightly before (10-12 years old) when the skin changes and becomes less fragile.
It is not recommended to expose babies and young children under 3 years of age directly to the sun.
In addition, children should be protected, even in the shade, by wearing protective t-shirts, sunglasses and hats with wide brim and avoiding the hottest hours of the day (between 12pm and 4pm).