Running around in the garden, on the beach or in the park, kids are exposed to the sun’s rays often during the summer months. So before they’re let loose to explore, it’s important to apply sun protection that will help shield them as they play. We spoke to dermatologist Dr. Taghipour about the best ways to protect children’s skin from the sun, and what to look for in a skincare product for children.
WHAT WOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A GOOD SUN PROTECTION PRODUCT?
“Broad spectrum protection to protect against both UVA and UVB, with SPF 30 and above are the basic criteria. Products in gel form might be more suitable for hairy areas such as scalp, and non-comedogenic products can be better if you have oily skin. Water-resistant sunscreens should still be reapplied after swimming, perspiring or towelling.”
WHAT OTHER ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THE SUN?
“Sun protection clothing made with special fabrics can provide further UV protection. I would advise that sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-3 hours and direct sun exposure should be avoided.
SUMMER SUN PROTECTION CHECKLIST FOR FAMILIES
Before you head off on holiday or set out for a day in the sun, make sure you have…
- Sun protection of SPF 30 or above. Pack plenty so you can reapply during the day.
- If you’re going swimming, add water-resistant sun protection products too.
- Wide-brimmed hats for everyone that will shade faces, ears and the back of the neck
- Long-sleeved tops, trousers and other clothing that covers the skin.
- A watch or mobile phone so you can keep track of the time and keep kids out of the sun during peak hours around the middle of the day
- Things to do in the shade. Picture books, drawing pads, games or toys to occupy children while you’re keeping them out of the sun.