We all know how important it is to make our kids wear sunscreen when they’re enjoying the great outdoors – but choosing the right one can be tricky.
Is it OK to go for the cheapest sunscreen we can find, or should we be looking out for particular features to make sure our children are well-protected from the sun?
Here are seven things you need to look for when you’re buying sunscreen to ensure your child’s getting the best possible protection.
- SPF – Sun Protection Factor: The SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is the first thing most of us look for when we’re choosing a sunscreen.
- UVA and UVB protection: The letters ‘UVB’ mean that your sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B rays: the ones that make you burn.
- Water resistance: If your child’s a water baby, it’s important to look for a water-resistant sunscreen that will protect them from the sun while they’re splashing around.
- Once-a-day application: Trying to apply sunscreen to a reluctant child is no mean feat, so choosing a once-a-day sunscreen like Soltan Once Spray SPF15/30/50+ will keep the trauma to a minimum.
- Hypoallergenic: Children’s skin can be sensitive, especially in the sun, and some kids react to sunscreens by coming out in hives or a rash.
- Expiry date: Did you know that sunscreen has an expiry date? Using the half-full bottle you’ve just found at the back of the cupboard could mean your child’s skin isn’t fully-protected, as the SPF may drop below what’s stated if its expiry date’s passed.
- Easy application: Did you know that 60% of sunburn happens in the UK? That means it’s essential for your child to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, between March and October.
For a full explanation of each please visit https://www.netmums.com/child/7-things-to-look-for-on-your-bottle-of-sunscreen.
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