Guide to using sunscreen for children
Even though we haven’t been on holiday this year, summer continues with all its beauty. E children also love to swim in the pool for hours, making sand castles regardless of the heat by the sea. Protection from the sun is important for all of us, but is of greater importance for children with fine and delicate skin. Last year, in this article, I mentioned the tips on how to protect our children from the sun. What kind of features should we choose for our children and what should we pay attention to when using the sunscreen?
What should we consider when choosing sunscreen for children?
- First of all, we don’t forget that we know little about the reliability of sunscreens and we get new information every day.
- Let’s keep in mind that the best method of sun protection is not to leave the sun between 12-17 hours.
- The sunscreen you choose to protect children from the sun must provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
- The sunscreen should be applied 20-30 minutes before sun exposure.
Must contain at least 30 SPFs. But it should not contain more than 50 factors SPF.
Not chemically based; should prefer mineral based sun creams.
- The sunscreen cream you choose for your child should not contain paraben. The number of studies revealing the cancerous effects of paraben is increasing day by day.
- Lips and ears are often neglected when using sunscreen. It is important to use sunscreen on the ears that are more sensitive to the sun than other body parts.
If your children will spend time in water, it is better to use a water-resistant sunscreen. However, even in water, the sun cream should be refreshed at 90 minute intervals.
- Sunscreen cream should be applied again after swimming and drying.
If sunscreen is used outside the water, it is a good idea to renew it for 3 hours.
Do not apply sunscreen to children younger than six months.
- Even in cloudy and foggy weather we can be affected by the harmful rays of the sun. So even in such weather, let’s use sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen first in a small area. If redness, itching and edema develop, keep the reaction area in cold water and stop using that cream.
Using sunscreen does not give you and your child unlimited rights to stay in the sun
- Be careful not to leave your sunscreen in the sun. The sunscreen exposed to excessive heat may deteriorate or lose its effectiveness.