Enjoying the mini British summer? If you’re anything like us you’ve probably been desperate to get out of the house and into the sunshine. But before you and your little ones head out for a sunny walk or trip to the park, remember these top sun safety tips…
Think ahead with sun cream
Don’t get your sun cream out at the park – apply it before you leave home. ‘Sun cream should be applied fifteen minutes before you go in the sun to allow it to be absorbed into the skin and before your child starts moving around or playing, which may cause surface product to rub off,’ says Boots sun care expert Clare O’Connor.
Pay attention to their ‘hot spots’
‘Children are more vulnerable to burning than adults as they’re more exposed by the way they play,’ says Clare.
‘They often spend time running in and out of paddling pools or the sea and have more abrasive contact with surfaces like sand and other children. The areas particularly vulnerable to burning are the tops of their head (especially if they don’t have much hair or have a parting), their ears, feet (particularly the soles) and lips. So spray or cream those areas often.’
Worry about heatstroke as well as burning
Clare says it’s not just sunburn we should be worrying about: ‘Heat exhaustion can happen if their body can’t lose heat fast enough, so don’t let them sleep in the sun or a hot car. Keep them cool in the shade when you can and make sure they drink plenty of fluids.’
Pop on some shades
They don’t just look cute – kiddie shades can protect their eyesight too. ‘Up to 80% of the eye’s lifetime exposure to UV light is reached before the age of 18,’ says Clare. ‘Children’s eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses so they’re more susceptible to sun damage, so look for sunglasses with 100% UV protection, which is shown with a CE mark or sticker on the lens.’
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