Many people are glad that summer is here. However, without the right sunscreen and the entire sun protection package, it might become a reason for concern for most of us, especially for children.
We know that they are more vulnerable than the rest of use, so parents must be extra careful when it comes to the health of their children. Plus, they are not aware of the fact that the sun is not their best friend, and it can cause them skin cancer, sunburn, and skin damage.
Therefore, the first thing that parents must do is to make sure that their children will not play outside during the hottest hours of the day when the UV rays are the most powerful. Furthermore, the sun protection package includes protective clothing, glasses with UV protecting lenses, wide-brimmed hats and last but not least, a healthy sunscreen.
Experts underline that parents should be very well informed about which product is safe for their kids. First of all, sunscreen can be used on children who are older than six months. Moreover, one day before going to the beach, parents should apply a small amount of sunscreen on the children’s wrist and to check after 24 hours if any rash developed.
This measure of precaution must be taken because your kid’s skin is very sensitive and possibly allergic to some sunscreen ingredients. In addition to this, parents should look for sunscreen products which do not contain retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone, two ingredients that can harm the skin.
Oxybenzone is a hormone disrupter, whereas Retinyl Palmitate is a form of vitamin A, which can make the skin even more vulnerable to the dangerous UV rays. Furthermore, sprays should be avoided because there is a high risk that the children will inhale them.
Plus, creams and lotions are better thanks to the fact that you can cover the skin better. Regarding the SPF, experts recommend SPF 30 sunscreens to make sure that children are offered enough protection against the sun rays.
Furthermore, sunscreen should be reapplied at every two hours, after swimming or excessive sweating. Scientists underline that regardless of what the product label says every sunscreen will become less efficient when you start sweating.
On the other hand, we should also avoid the excessive use of sunscreen because we do not want our skin to absorb it in high amounts.