This Sun Safety for Kids post was sponsored by La Roche-Posay as part of an Influence Central campaign and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean we stop playing in the sun. In fact, we actually increase our amount of time outside because the temperatures aren’t as extreme and we can enjoy a more moderate 70-80 degree weather instead of the intense 90-100 degree.
But this is also the time when people tend to let their guard down. And many end up with sunburns.
Did you know suffering with one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your chances of developing melanoma?
Because we are spending more time outside, that means we need to be ever more cautious of sun safety for kids. We don’t have the luxury of saying “oh it’s just a little sunburn it will heal” any longer.
Sun Safety for Kids Tips
We all want to bask in the beautiful sun. We want to soak in the euphoric Vitamin D. But it doesn’t take much sun exposure to achieve this. And if we get too much, that greatly increases the risk of skin cancer. Especially if we don’t protect ourselves again the harmful UV rays.
So follow these tips to ensure sun safety for kids.
Cover Up: When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and skirts. Especially when you will be out in the sun for long periods of time. Clothing can provide protection from UV rays, especially clothing certified under international standards that come with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
Wearing hats protect your head, ears, face, and neck from the blazing UV rays. Also, wear sunshades. This will protect your eyes from any damage from the sun and prolonged exposure.
Find Shade: If you will be outside for long periods of time, try to settle under some shade. Not only will it help to protect you from UV rays, but will also help you be more comfortable and cooler.
Apply Sunscreen: Before going outside use sunscreen with a MINIMUM SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum). This is the bare minimum. But to truly ensure sun safety for kids, you should be using more. I prefer to go with 50 or higher SPF because we are very fair skinned and susceptible to burning.
The only struggle is that we also deal with sensitive skin. So many times most sunscreens cause skin irritations and breakouts.
It is because of that struggle that I traded in our old sunscreens for the new La Roche-Posay sunscreen they just developed specifically for kids!
Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids was developed with moms, dermatologists, and pediatricians, and is specifically made with powerful UVA/UVB filters that provide broad spectrum, 80-minute water resistant protection, highly protective ingredients and antioxidants that are effective, safe, and gentle on children’s sensitive skin.
Not to mention it goes on smooth, completely absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave a sticky or greasy residue behind!
It’s so easy, even miss Jade can now apply it to herself (except where she can’t reach of course). She knows to just keep rubbing until it is all clear. And then she is good to go!
Apply the sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget the ears, nose, cheeks, neck, lips, and tops of feet!
Reapply Sunscreen: Sunscreen isn’t just a apply once and forget it action. Its effectiveness wears off over time. You actually need to reapply. That’s why I love the MY UV PATCH. It easily connects with an app on your phone and lets you know exactly how your sunscreen is holding up, in realtime!
Apply it to your child. Then apply the sunscreen as normal. Scan it into your app. The app will let you know when you need to rescan the patch. This will track how much sun Exposure your child is experiencing.
And lets you know how the sunscreen is holding up and when you need to apply more. Or even if maybe you should call it a day and go inside.
MY UV PATCH will be available in the USA for free when you purchase an Anthelios product at www.laroche-posay.us. You will get 2 patches with each purchase.
Limit Exposure: UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday. Try to limit the outside play during those times. Or if not, at least limit how long they spend outside during those hours. Try not to spend the entire day out in the radiating sun without taking breaks inside and in the shade.
During the peak of Summer, I let my kids play outside in the early morning and evenings. But it’s just too intense during the peak midday hours.
In the cooler seasons, I allow them more hours of play outside, but we ensure we have plenty of sunscreen, shade, the proper clothing, etc, so it counteracts the increased exposure.
After Sun Treatment: After spending time in the sun, it is also important to treat your skin to replenish it after the sun exposure to restore its protective barrier properties.
La Roche-Posay also creates Cicaplast Baume B5, a unique, multi-purpose balm to soothe irritated areas due to dryness. it is the perfect way to finish up a day in the sun.
Smooth it across the skin and soothe away any irritation or dryness, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, soft and hydrated. While leaving a matte finish that’s non-oily and non-sticky.
It is suitable for adults, children, and babies over six months. It is also paraben free and fragrance-free.
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The Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids and My UV Patch performed so well with my kids without any skin reactions, that I am now going on the hunt to get more La Roche-Posay sunscreens!
They even have ones for adults too that I am going to get for myself! I always break out when I wear sunscreen. Especially on my face. I can’t wait to try the Anthelio Clear Skin SPF 60 Sunscreen for myself.
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