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A Guide to Suncare for Kids

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As the sun casts its warm glow, inviting children to embrace the great outdoors, it becomes essential for parents and caregivers to prioritise suncare for their little ones. Children's delicate skin requires special attention and protection to ensure their sun-soaked adventures are not only enjoyable, but safe. In this guide, we'll explore the importance of suncare for kids to help you make informed choices and keep those sunshine smiles glowing.

Why Children Need Special Suncare:

  • Vulnerability of Young Skin: Children's skin is more sensitive and delicate than adults, making them more susceptible to the harmful effects of UV rays.
  • Lifetime Sun Exposure: The majority of sun damage occurs during childhood, and early protection can significantly reduce the risk of skin issues later in life.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen for kids:

  • Kids Sunscreen: You might notice sunscreen specifically labelled for babies or kids. However, it's important to know that children can also use the same sunscreen as adults.
  • SPF Matters: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50. This ensures protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Water-Resistant Formulas: Kids being kids, water-resistant sunscreens are a must, especially for beach days or water play.
  • Hypoallergenic Options: Look for hypoallergenic and fragrance-free sunscreens to minimise the risk of irritation, especially for children with sensitive skin.

Application Techniques:

  • Generous and Even Application: Ensure thorough coverage by applying sunscreen generously to all exposed skin. Don't forget commonly overlooked areas like ears, back of the neck, and the tops of feet.
  • Reapplication is Key: Children are active, and sunscreen wears off. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if they've been swimming or sweating.
  • Lead by Example: Make suncare a family affair. When children see adults prioritising sun protection, they are more likely to wear it themselves.

Sun-Smart Clothing:

  • UPF Clothing: Invest in clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) to add an extra layer of defence against harmful rays.
  • Hats and Sunglasses: Encourage the use of wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses with UV protection to shield the face and eyes.

Sun Safety Beyond Sunscreen:

  • Sun Avoidance During Peak Hours: Limit outdoor activities during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when UV rays are strongest.
  • Seek Shade: Set up a shaded area for play, or encourage breaks in the shade to minimise direct sun exposure.
  • Stay Hydrated: Hydrated skin is healthier and better equipped to resist sun damage. Ensure your child drinks enough water, especially in the heat.

In the tapestry of childhood memories, sunlit moments play a significant role. By prioritising suncare for kids, we not only protect their delicate skin but also begin habits that will stay with them for life. Embrace the sunshine with confidence, armed with the right suncare essentials, and let your children's laughter and joy shine as brightly as the sun itself. Visit your local LloydsPharmacy where our experienced team can help you choose the right sun protection for your family.