Dodge the lobster WITH OUR SUN SAFE ADVICE
Looking like a lobster is never a good look however it more seriously, it signals that UV radiation from the sun has severely damaged the skin cells. Sun safety is something that is important to all of but particularly children as young skin is very delicate and more prone to damage by the sun. It is important that all children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun.
So why not play it safe and follow our top tips to protect you and your family from the sun… you know it makes sense!
Try to set good habits for the future by teaching children while they are still young about the benefits of sun safety … it stand them in good stead for later life.
Remember you can do serious damage to your skin in the UK. The UV levels in Britain are perfectly capable of burning you or your child! Take extra care at home as well as abroad when you’re out and about.
Keep babies in complete shade: under trees, umbrellas, canopies or indoors and try to provide shade for prams and buggies, if possible.
When outdoors, protect a baby’s skin with loose-fitting clothes, and a wide-brimmed hat that shades their face, neck and ears.
Buy good quality, wraparound sunglasses. Sunglasses don't have to be expensive brands to be effective.
Sunglasses don't have to be expensive brands to be effective. Encourage children to wear hats with brims, especially if they are not wearing sunglasses. The wider the brim, the more skin will be shaded from the sun.
Use a sunscreen that is at least an SPF 15.
Choose a "broad-spectrum" sun screen that protects against UVA rays as well as UVB .
Apply to areas that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.
Choose a sunscreen that is formulated for delicate skin. These products are less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances that might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.
Apply sunscreen generously and regularly. Put some on before children go outdoors. Sunscreen can easily be washed, rubbed or sweated off – so reapply often throughout the day.
Remember play times and lunch breaks on summer school days too. Give children a hat to wear and, if they can't apply sunscreen at school, cover their exposed skin before they go.