5 essentials for protecting your child from the sun
Summer 2020. We remember this summer, don’t we? The first summer of the pandemic, yes, but …
Do you remember how nice the weather was? As Mother Nature said to us, “Okay, I know it’s not easy for anyone right now, so at least I’ll give you good weather. Prepare your pools and your sunscreen, because it will be nice and hot. “
So my husband and daughter spent the summer outdoors! Yes, because it was better to meet outside, but also because we didn’t want to be anywhere else at the outside temperature. Was discovered camping, ate too much ice cream, chased glorious sunsets, used the water stations and got some color. But when that color was red … OUT!
Like all mothers around the world, I don’t like seeing my little girl’s skin red from sunburn. I don’t know about you, but I feel guilty like I didn’t do what I had to do to protect her from the evil sun. The key to ending this unique maternal feeling is to simply do the right thing.
With the following 5 essentials you will know how to best protect the skin of your children and yours from the sun, because with the path 2021 so far, I believe that mother nature will reward us with another great, sunny summer.
We all remember this Nutella advertising slogan: “Spread the happy”. Just like Nutella, you want to spread the sunscreen generously, only you want the sunscreen on your skin, not your toast! 😅
What you need to know in order to choose the right sun protection.
Sunscreen vs. Sunscreen
Chemical sun protection is the type we all know. The ingredients absorb UVA and UVB. Sunscreen is less affordable because these products are absorbed through the skin and then into the bloodstream. For this reason, more and more people are choosing mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide) that do not penetrate the skin barrier and instead protect by reflecting the sun’s rays.
A good chemical sunscreen has an EWG VERIFIED ™ seal and is free from these products:
• Homo salad
• octopus salad
• Benzophenone-2 (BP-2)
Click here to see them 2020 list of the best sunscreens according to EEC!
Pssssst! Did you know that over 82,000 types of chemical ingredients found in personal care products end up in the oceans and that the biggest culprit behind this massive pollution is sunscreen? So avoid creams with the chemicals listed above and protect coral reefs and marine life.
• Sun protection factor 30
Sun protection with SPF 30 is more than sufficient for your children’s skin as well as yours. Sunscreens with an SPF greater than 50 use more chemical ingredients, according to experts, and are often less effective against UVA rays, which are more likely to cause skin cancer because they penetrate deeper than UVB rays. In addition, the chemical filters found in some sunscreens with a high SPF can cause unpleasant skin reactions.
• UVA and UVB protection (wide range)
Opt for so-called broad-spectrum sun protection that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
• Sunscreen that is more of a cream than a spray
Creamy sunscreens outperform sprays for two reasons: They’re easier to apply in windy weather and they limit the risk of inhaling chemicals. However, the use of a spray sunblock can be made more effective and safer by simply spraying the product into the hands and then applying it to the body.
When to apply sunscreen?
Apply sunscreen for optimal protection:
- Both on cloudy and sunny days. UVA and UVB rays can penetrate the clouds.
- 30 minutes before sunbathing for a chemical sunscreen and just before going out for a mineral sunscreen.
- Every 2 hours on the go.
- After getting out of the water or after sweating a lot
- From spring to autumn as soon as the UV index reaches 3.
How Much Sunscreen Apply?
0.5 to 1 oz is enough to cover your child’s body, but when in doubt, apply liberally.
Spend time in the shade
Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially when the sun is at its strongest (between noon and 2 p.m.) by spending time in the shade under a tree or umbrella. Note that it is best to use sunscreen even in the shade.
Opaque, light and covering clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. This is all it takes to properly cover your child’s delicate skin and beautiful eyes.
Here is a Anti-UV hat for children that you can get from Decathlon and Jerseys with UV protection from Clemens.
I wish you a summer full of fun and sunshine. However, if your kids are bored on a rainy day why not give them mine great world maps for coloring? Fun and learning guaranteed!
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