The summer sunshine is sneaking up on us and we need to make sure we are ready! With all the anticipation of summer and the excitement we experience when the warm weather hits, it is easy to forget that there are precautions we must take to protect our little ones!
Here are some tips on how to protect your kids from those powerful sun rays:
1. Apply sunscreen. Now this may seem like the most obvious one, but it is important that you continue to reapply sunscreen, as certain activities can cause the sunscreen to lose its purpose. For your own convenience, we suggest spray sunscreen as opposed to cream because it is easier to apply on the kids who are so excited to swim they can’t stand still!
2. Seek shade. Especially midday, during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sun is extra powerful and therefore there is more risk for sunburn. A myth about the sun is that you are protected from it when it’s cloudy. However, you can still get a sunburn when the clouds are out so their precious skin still needs protection even when the sun isn’t shining bright!
3. Cover their skin in the sun: do buy for your kids UV protective swim outfit, you will find them in every kids swimwear website with all kind of lovely prints for girls and boys; we would recommend to get the long sleeves ones, this would decrease the risk of damaging their skin.
4. Wear a hat. A very common place for sun to attack is the face, so make sure you have a hat for your little ones so their faces stay free of sunburn!
“Sun protection doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive — it needs to be consistent. Keep it simple, but do it forever!” - Hillary Fogelson
Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 as it blocks about 97 percent of the sun’s rays. Sunscreen with an SPF higher than 30 block slightly more rays but there is no sunscreen that can block 100 percent of rays.
Just because we must protect our skin from the sun doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy it! So, pack that 30 or higher SPF sunscreen in your pool bag and enjoy the warmth of the sun with your kids while keeping them protected. Don’t forget to continue reapplying!
Enjoy this beautiful weather we have been blessed with and make sure your loved ones are protected. For all the ones that are lucky to go away for half term, we wish you a wonderful holiday!