How to Prevent Sunburn Around Eyes

Updated on June 27, 2011
T.R. asks from Altamonte Springs, FL
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OK my 3.5 yr old just received her 1st sunburn, mostly under her eyes, where I can't apply sunscreen :( We were at the beach and she was on a boogie board, wearing a hat, yet got burned from the reflection. How do you avoid this? I was thinking the thick white zinc stuff, I have never used it, so not familiar with how it works really, would it help in this type of situation? Or what would you recommend? Thanks Moms!!

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answers from Seattle on

I always just put sunscreen under eyes. Always have, since I was a kid myself. (So.Cal, FL, Mesoamerica, Middle East, swipe and on). Just shut my eyes and rubbed it all over my face.

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answers from Detroit on

A physical sublock like zinc oxide is best...for your health as well. I would also get her a pair of well fit sunglasses to protect her retina from UVA/B radiation. We should all be wearing sunglasses all of the time, especially those with light colored eyes.

Eating more fruits and veggies with carotinoids is another great natural sunscreen. I use a food based supplement and although I can get pink in the sun, I can be out far longer and not get burned any more. This supplement comes in a delicious soft chewable form. Feel free to contact me for more info. Good luck, be well. D.
PS. For a great database on safe sunscreens, go to

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answers from Kansas City on

We use Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids for the body, and the Neutrogena Baby Pure and Free stick for the face and ears- even under the eyes and eyebrows.

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answers from Lincoln on

I use Sport Performance Sunscreen stick. I got it at Wal Mart. It looks like a glue stick that is for faces. It's great b/c it's not greasy and it's easy to apply w/out fear of getting it in your eyes. I chose the Sport one b/c it's very sweat and water proof. I apply it on my face and my son's face, including under our eyes. We are both very fair skinned. It's perfect for the face!!!

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answers from St. Louis on

We use Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby. It doesnt burn the eyes. I put it under my kids eyes and on their eyelids.

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answers from Dallas on

Have you tried the Coppertone Kids Sunscreen Stick? It's like Chapstick--I put it right under my sons eyes. I think it is SPF 50.

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answers from Honolulu on

They have them for kids/toddlers.
With a head strap.

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answers from Tampa on

I have found the best way is to get the sunscreen in a stick. Makes it so very easy to get under the eyes!



answers from Daytona Beach on

my family goes to the beach about 1-2x a week. we also just get the regular sunblock and have kids close eyes and put it on all over the face. they rarely get burned unless i forget to put it on for a while.



answers from Atlanta on

Sunglasses. My boys (2 and 5) love them and the oldest started wearing them at age 1.

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