10 suncare tips
Here comes the summer sun! Be ready for those hot days.
1. If your child is going to spend any time outside, apply sunscreen lotion with a high sun protection factor (SPF).
2. For babies and toddlers, who have very sensitive skin, preferably choose a sunscreen that is specially formulated for children.
3. Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before your child goes outdoors.
4. Pay particular attention to areas not covered by clothing, such as the face, ears, neck and hands.
5. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or energetic activities that cause sweating. Wet skin is more susceptible to sun damage than dry skin.
6. Cover up as much as possible with cool cotton clothing, and make a wide-brimmed hat an indispensable part of summer wear. Remember that it's still possible to get burnt through thin clothes densely woven fabric offers the best protection.
7. Consider buying your child a pair of sunglasses: many ranges include models for children. Good-quality glasses with protective UV lenses can reduce the risk of cataract formation and retinal degeneration later in life.
8. Try to keep your child out of the sun when it is at its peak between 10am and 3pm.
9. Remember that shade offered by trees and umbrellas is not sufficient protection, and that sunlight reflects off surfaces such as beach sand and water, and penetrates cloud cover. (Clouds usually block only about 20% of the sun's rays.)
10. Instilling good sun habits at an early age encourages children to continue such behaviour throughout their lives. Do you instill sun habits in your children? Do you feel sunscreen is too expensive?