Sunburn is crap. I hate it. It’s sore, looks awful and it’s down right dangerous. Skin cancer is a very real fear of mine. I have to be so careful in the sun.
As a fair skinned ginger, I have been caught out a few times, even when trying so hard not to. Tanning is not cool when you are as fair as me and I usually use some fake tanning moisturiser where the colour builds.
I’m an adult though and responsible for myself. I’ve been an idiot and just unlucky. But what about my 22 month old daughter? Who is going to care for her beautiful, delicate skin if I’m not? No one and that responsibility is big.
- Factor 50 sun cream is a must and despite most being waterproof nowadays, it must be reapplied after a towel dry. Trust me, this is one I have fallen foul to. I’m aware you should let your little ones have some sun exposure to allow appropriate Vitamin D generation but be aware in hotter countries, it does not take long for skin to burn unprotected. I’m happier to let my girlie have 15-20 minutes in the UK out of the hottest times (11am-3pm) to get her fix. If we get some sun that is!
- Sun cream is less effective after being kept in the cupboard for a year, so check it’s lifespan on the bottle and if in doubt get some more.
- Wet T-shirts are ineffective and sun cream is needed underneath. When wet a T-shirt stretches and lets the UV-rays through. I was not aware of this one. You can buy specialist swim suits that cover the shoulders and part of the legs. I actually bought mine from Boots as they have some lovely ones. Check the sun protection factor on the label to ensure it is safe for your little one. These suits really do provide piece of mind for those areas that may get missed with the cream or rubbed off. Plus if it’s a bit chilly, they offer a little bit more warmth.
- Be extra careful at the beach. Sand particles reflect the UV rays.
- UV rays can be reflected from your tablet onto your face and into your eyes if you are enjoying a read in the sun. This may not be an issue now for your little one but could be for you. Use sun cream on your face and wear a pair of sunnies that are guaranteed to protect your eyes from the UV rays.
- A hat is also vital. I’m lucky. My gremlin has quite a bit of hair and this cover her neck too.