Children at the beach, the’importance of protective creams
Children’s exposure to the sun is encouraged because it allows the assimilation of valuable vitamin D, which promotes perfect bone function and prevents rickets and osteoporosis.
Protective creams for children at the beach
However, it is equally important to avoid exposure to the sun during the hottest hours of the day (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and to defend one’s children from sun damage (such as sunburn) by having them wear hats to protect their heads, sunglasses (if possible), and most importantly slathering on some protective creams.
It is good to remember all these precautions even when children are in the shade (e.g., under an umbrella at the beach, considering that this does not protect from the sun’s UV rays). Returning to sunscreens, in the case of children less than 6 months old, it is essential that it is a high quality product because babies have very sensitive skin and therefore it is necessary to make sure that the cream does not lead to the onset of irritation or other.
In the case of children older than 6 months, on the other hand, it is necessary to resort to sunscreen a quarter of an hour before leaving the house (and thus exposure to the sun) and reapply the product approximately every two hours (if it came off, for example, after a swim in the pool or the sea or after sweating excessively).
Regarding the wording on sunscreens, it should be remembered that:
- UVB refers to those sun rays that can cause erythema
- UVA refers, on the other hand, to those sun rays that result in premature aging of the skin
Therefore, a sunscreen that has both sunscreens is highly recommended, especially since this is a product to be used on one’s own children.
Sun protection factor for children up to 6 years of age should be 50+. Finally, it is good that children’s sunscreens should not contain ingredients such as dyes, fragrances and parabens that can be harmful to children’s dedicated skins.