As you age, you probably worry about the health of your skin. But what about your kids? Caring for the skin should begin at a young age, and that includes worrying about the sun. Yes, the sun is a beautiful thing, but it’s one of the main causes of skin damage, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
One of the best ways to teach your kids a valuable lesson is to lead by example. What are some things you can do to show your kids how to protect their skin from painful sunburns?
A sunscreen with an SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, of at least 30 is important. Sunscreen filters the sun’s harmful rays, causing less of it to injure the skin.
Teach your kids how to apply it, and do it at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. Teach them the importance of reapplying often, about every two hours, and especially after a dip in the water. Help them to apply the sunscreen in areas of the body that are difficult to reach, and make sure they don’t forget places like the tips of the ears and the back of the neck.
Some kid sunscreens are scented. Let your child pick one out! Also, sunscreen sticks are fun for them to use as well.
Hats are always a smart buy for protecting the skin from the sun. A colorful, fun hat will be loved and desired by your child. Let your child choose the hat, but look for a hat with a brim all around to protect not only the scalp, but the ears, forehead, eyes and nose. Some hats have added fabric to protect the neck.
When your child is done swimming in a pool, lake or ocean, give them a kids robe to wear. A comfy hooded kids robe, such as one made of velour out of 100% Turkish cotton, is a fun way to protect your child from the sun’s rays.
As you can tell, showing your kids that sun protection is important will teach them to protect their skin when they are older. Allow them to have fun under the sun, but be sure to keep them safe.