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The Importance of Sun Protection for Your Child

The Importance of Sun Protection for Your Child
14 July 2014 1323 Views No comments

Whether you're on the beach or just enjoying a day outside this summer, sun protection is vital for your family. Even if you are only walking around on a summer day, you should ensure that your whole family is protected from harmful UV rays that can burn the skin and cause permanent damage.

Children are especially prone to being affected by the sun, as their skin is much more sensitive. This is why you should apply protective sun cream to their skin – including their faces – at least half an hour before going outside.

As children can burn so quickly, it is best to use high factor sun creams. These offer extra protection and mean you don't have to keep applying layer after layer of sun cream throughout the day, although you should reapply a couple of times.

The NHS suggests that you shouldn't use a sun cream on your children with a factor lower than 15. However, the higher the protection, the better, especially for younger children. With this in mind, you should use a broad spectrum sun cream – one that protects against UVA and UVB rays – with a factor between SPF 30 and 50.

Even if a sun cream states that it is waterproof, going into the water is likely to remove some of the protection. Water also enhances the UV rays, increasing the chances of burning, while also cooling the skin so that you can't feel that you're getting burnt.

When your children get out of the water, you should dry them fully and reapply sun cream to all visible skin in order to ensure that they are still fully protected.

While sun cream offers good levels of protection when used correctly, your children can still get burnt. Certain areas – such as their scalps – are often forgotten about, which can result in painful sunburn.

Kitting them out with Sun Protection Hats can stop their scalps from getting burnt, keep the sun out of their eyes and protect their faces. These can be worn in or out of the water, giving great all-round protection. The Konfidence logo also changes colour when UV rays are present, letting you know when your little ones are being protected.

If you want a bit more peace of mind, or your children are usually averse to having sun cream put on, you can always put them in a Sun Protection Suit. While you'll still want to put cream on any exposed skin, these suits cover your little ones with full-length sleeves and three-quarter length legs.

They are fully waterproof and also come with the UV colour changing technology, providing the perfect tool to teach your children about the sun.