How to protect your child’s skin this summer
During the summer months it’s particularly important to protect the skin from UV rays. UVA and UVB rays are well known for causing damage to the skin and although they are around all year they are particularly strong during the summer months. You may wonder what the difference is? UVA rays penetrates the skin deeply and damages the cells beneath while UVB rays is what causes redness and sunburn.
To help protect us from the suns rays Boots have developed a UVA star rating system. The UVA star rating systems measures the ration of UVA protection vs. UVB protection, so if a product has a low SPF it may still have a high level of stars, not because it’s providing lots of UVA protection, but because the ratio between the UVA and UVB protection is about the same. However, it is not an EU requirement to have a UVA star rating.
Our UVA star rating according to the Boots system is 3* which is a good level of protection and meets the EU requirements for UVA protection. As far as we know, all sunscreens that are suitable for sensitive skin and safe for people who may be prone to eczema, have achieved a 3* rating, as it is not possible to achieve a 5* rating using ingredients that are suitable for sensitive skin and safe for people who may be prone to eczema.
Dr Jennifer Crawley’s golden rules for sun safety
Here, Child Farms consultant dermatologist Dr Jennifer Crawley, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the sector shares her golden rules for sun safety:
- On hot days when you’re abroad keep little ones in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
- Cover any exposed skin with suncream even on cloudy days
- Use a high factor SPF 30+ suncream, with a broad spectrum of protection against UVA and UVB rays
- Re-apply suncream numerous times throughout the day, especially after swimming
- Pay particular attention to often forgotten areas such as the shoulders, back of the neck and behind the ears when applying suncream
- Where possible, cover up children’s skin with a hat, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses
- Always keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight
- For those who have particularly sensitive or eczema-prone skin, make sure you are using a product that has been clinically tested as suitable for this skin type / use a product that is dermatologist and paediatrician approved
To make sure you are always prepared shop Childs Farm sun, swim and travel.