The right steps for protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun
It's never too early to teach your children good sun exposure practices. Knowing (and respecting) the rules of sun exposure is the only way to enjoy the sun safely.
Consider the time of day you're out in the sun
“When can I go and play in the sun with my friends?" Even if your child is growing impatient, it’s very important to avoid the hours of maximum sunlight between 10am and 4pm, when the sun is at its peak in the sky and its UV rays are most dangerous - especially at the beach, where the sand reflects the sun. Whether you distract them with a colouring session or a nap, it’s up to you to find alternative activities!
Protect your child with clothing
Clothes are one of the best ways to protect children from the sun while on the move. Look for long sleeves, tops that cover the shoulders, trousers and wide-brimmed hats.
Protect your child's eyes
As with their skin, children's eyes have not matured and are particularly sensitive to radiation. This is why it's recommended that you equip your child with certified UVA protection glasses that are adapted to the shape of their face. The earlier you get your child used to wearing sunglasses, the easier it will be for them to put up with them!
Apply good sun protection
It’s important to regularly and generously apply sunscreen with SPF 50+ to children's skin, and reapply it at least every two hours - especially as there are plenty of opportunities for them to remove their applied sunscreen: swimming, playing, sweating, to name a few favourites. Today's children are tomorrow's adults, so it’s important to teach them good sun protection practices from a very early age.
Make sure your child stays hydrated
Children might not always think about staying hydrated when running around and playing hide-and-seek in the open air. It’s very important that your child drinks plenty of water when out in the sun to avoid dehydration.
No direct sun exposure
If possible, choose activities in the shade and avoid direct exposure to the sun. You can enjoy the beach, of course, but bring a sun umbrella! But be careful: shade doesn’t mean zero protection! Be aware of indirect UV radiation.