It’s so important for young skin to be shielded from the sun’s harsh rays– here’s how to do it!
Ready to hit the beach with your kids like Matthew McConaughey? Make sure you keep your kids safe while playing under the sun like Elle Macpherson and her son Aurelius. How do you protect them? Dr. Bruce Katz, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC, knows a thing or two about sun protection: he is a national spokesman for the Skin Cancer Foundation. Check out his thoughts on sun protection for kids!Dr. Katz stresses the importance of protecting babies and kids from the sun: “With children, you really have to be extra careful because they don’t realize when the sun is shining high in the sky or how long they’ve been in the sun until it’s too late. They don’t realize they’re getting burned.”
Here are several of Dr. Katz’s tips for protecting little ones from sunburn:
- Take Age Into Account! If your child is under six months, avoid sun exposure altogether. Children between six months and two years should keep exposure to a minimum since skin is still sensitive and quick to burn.
- Time Your Application! Have children put on sunscreen before they go outside– don’t wait until you get to the beach or lake, where they will be squirming out of your grasp to hit the sand or water. This ensures time for proper application!
- Protect Them Whenever They’re Outdoors! If children are going outside, they should be wearing sunscreen and should be covered up as much as possible with a hat and clothing. Also, they should avoid the midday sun between 10 and 3, when it’s strongest.
- Don’t forget their lips! Make sure to apply a lip product with SPF to avoid damage.
- Check for key ingredients! Any product you use should have at least one of the following ingredients: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or avobenzone. (Also, aim for SPF 30 or higher.)
- Reapply! This step is vital, particularly for children who are in and out of the water. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, and more often after swimming.
Your children will thank you later for taking care of their young skin!