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 Summer Tips - Protect Your Child in the Sun

 

Exposure to ultraviolet light, UVA or UVB, from sunlight accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging such as wrinkles and skin cancers. There are many precautions that you can take to prevent skin problems and protect your child.  Sunscreen is one of the most important skin care products available and applying it should become part of your normal routine when going in the sun.  You should also wear a hat and wear UVA/UVB protected sunglasses.

Sun Tips....

  • Put a sufficient amount on. The recommended application for adequate protection is 35 to 40ml per person per session (a handful). If you fail to use the correct amount then the SPF 15 that you are putting on may realistically only be equivalent to SPF8. 

  • Brand Recognition is not important. Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands as long as the sun protection factor is at least 15 and it protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

  • Correct application is important  Sunscreen should be applied to clean, dry skin 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.  This will allow it time to dry and absorb properly.

  • Take a break from the sun.  The sun is strongest between 11 am and 3 pm so why not spend some of that time in the shade.  It is important however to still apply sun screen even in the shade because sand, concrete and water will reflect harmful rays.

  • Reapply lotion frequently.   Do not be fooled by waterproof products,  you must reapply your lotion.  Perspiration, exercise, swimming and towel-drying will remove sun screen from your skin.  So be safe and re-apply frequently.

  • Use lotions everyday on your face and back of the hands.  This will help to limit the chances premature aging and skin cancer.

  • Overcast weather still requires sunscreen in summer. Eighty percent of ultra-violet radiation is still present on cloudy days.  Lack of suncreen will mean that you will burn.

  • Sunscreens should not be used on babies younger than 6 months because their bodies may not be developed enough to handle sunscreen chemicals. Instead, use hats, clothing and shading to protect small babies from the sun. Keep them out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Children and babies over 6 months need greater protection so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.

Wear a hat...

A hat can protect areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, and scalp. You should have something with at least a 3-inch brim all around for ideal protection. A baseball cap or visor provides limited protection but is better than nothing.

Wear sunglasses.

Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from sun damage. The ideal sunglasses don't have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.   Ophthalmologists recommend that children wear sunglasses, too, starting as young as 1.

For more details on sunglasses click here:  Sunglass Tips.

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