Sun Safety for Kids: Three Simple Tips for Protecting Your Child’s Skin
Children have delicate skin, which means that they’re especially sensitive to the sun’s harmful rays. This also puts them at a greater risk of sunburns and other related issues. Unfortunately, just a few bad sunburns can damage your little one’s skin, increasing their chances of developing skin cancer later in life. That’s why it’s so important to take every precaution possible when it comes to keeping your kids safe in the sun!
To help you protect your little ones, let’s take a closer look at three essential sun safety tips for kids.
1. Always Apply Sunscreen (Even for Short Outings)
Whether your kids are enjoying a day at the beach or simply accompanying you for a few errands, sunscreen is a necessity. Applying a formula that has an SPF of at least 15 and offers both UVA and UVB protection is an effective way to protect their skin. For the best results, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to any exposed skin 30 minutes before your child goes outside. You should also pay close attention to commonly missed areas, such as the lips, ears, and the tops of the feet. These spots are often forgotten but are especially sensitive and susceptible to sunburn.
2. Invest in Sun-Protective Pieces
To maintain its effectiveness, sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours (or sooner, if your child goes swimming). As a mom, you know how difficult it can be to round up your kids and convince them to stay still for a second application. Therefore, to ensure your little ones stay protected all day, we recommend covering them up with sun-protective clothing.
When shopping for sun-safe beachwear, opt for pieces that feature an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50 or more. In doing so, you’ll protect your child’s skin from 98 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, this form of sun safety is highly durable and will maintain its effectiveness no matter how many times your little ones go for a swim. That means less time spent bribing your kids to reapply, and more time having fun!
When you shop Cabana Life’s selection of sun-protective clothing, you’ll find a wide variety of adorable options for children of all ages. With fun patterns and comfortable fabrics, your kids will be hard-pressed to take these pieces off – even long after they’ve left the beach. And whether you choose swim trunks for your son or a cover up for your little girl, all of our beachwear options feature the same level of sun protection.
3. Take Time to Enjoy the Shade
This may not sound like the most fun option, but hear us out. A little time in the shade can do wonders for your child’s skin in the long run. It’s best to take a break from the sun during that midday heatwave, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Yes, we mean lugging an umbrella to the beach or seeking refuge in a local restaurant for a quick bite.
While it may be a challenge to pack everyone up and relocate for an hour or two, your child’s safety is more than worth it. By taking frequent breaks, you can help your little one avoid an uncomfortable sunburn later that day – and the possibility of damaged skin down the road.
Cabana Life Offers Sun-Protective Pieces for the Whole Family
Before you head outside with your kids in tow, it’s important to keep sun safety in mind. By outfitting them in UPF 50+ clothing, you can ensure their skin stays protected all day long! To stock up on a variety of fun and functional pieces for the whole family, browse our new arrivals today!
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Welcome to Sun School! We are hosting our Sun School Series to educate more on the importance of sun safety. We will feature a dermatologist every month on our blog and on a live Q&A with our founder Melissa Papock. We are so excited to feature Dr. Jenny Sobera. She is a Board Certified Dermatologist & founder and owner of Village Dermatology.