Protecting your baby's skin from the sun: make it a daily habit

Protecting your baby's skin from the sun: make it a daily habit
  • Babies’ skin is highly sensitive to sun and UV light due to their immature immune system; sun protection is therefore a must, even in the shade
  • Try to avoid direct sun exposure before 3 years of age
  • To protect your child against the sun, generously apply sunscreen with a high UVA-UVB protection factor and reapply at least every two hours

Contrary to conventional wisdom, a baby's skin is not fundamentally different from that of an adult. It has the same structure, but has not yet reached maturity, which means it has not built up the same functions and characteristics as adult skin and so is more vulnerable to external aggressions such as sunlight and UV light.

Skin that is much more sensitive to sun and UV light

In babies, an immature immune system combined with less effective natural skin protection makes their epidermis highly sensitive to UV light. UVA and UVB rays occur throughout the year and can reach your baby's skin in strollers, in the shade or under a canopy or umbrella: this is called indirect exposure. So even if your child is not in the sun full-spectrum protection is still a must.

Very high protection without compromising on tolerance

To ensure your baby receives extremely high protection without compromising on tolerance, the La Roche-Posay Dermatological Laboratory, which has benefited from major technological innovations, has formulated ANTHELIOS Dermo-Paediatrics Baby Lottion a product specifically developed for the delicate skin of babies that is indirectly exposed to UV light. A stringent formulation charter was designed especially for babies from the age of six months. The SPF 50+ Baby Lotion offers:

  • Effective UVA and UVB protection
  • Optimal tolerance thanks to a simple, no-frills formula developed with the right dose of ingredients selected for their safety 
  • A cocoon-like texture enriched with Shea butter to moisturise, soothe and strengthen the skin barrier

 Recommendation:

When it comes to sun protection, dermatologists and paediatricians are unanimous. Here are four golden rules to give your children lasting sun protection:-

  1. Avoid direct exposure to the sun before three years of age
  2. Do not plan to be outside when the sun is strongest - between 12:00 and 16:00 – even in the shade
  3. Opt for dark-coloured clothing (t-shirt, shorts) and sunglasses. Make them wear a hat - even in the shade
  4. Generously apply sunscreen with a high UVA-UVB protection factor and reapply at least every two hours