Schools Out, Skins Our For Summer

Protect Your Child's Skin All Summer Long.

Learn how to ensure kids don't damage their skin this season.

As we launch into the summer season, not only is school out but so is kid’s skin!  As we step outside after a long winter let’s make sure our kid’s skin enjoys the summer months and does not suffer.  Here are a few easy tips to consider as the mercury climbs.

Make sure you choose a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.  You want to avoid sunscreens that contain parabens, benzophenones, oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone and those that are tinted or scented as they may irritate your child’s skin.  Remember kid’s skin tends to be more sensitive, is thinner and has less pigment. You also want to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 

Kid’s love to play outside and the sun should not stop that.  Whether it is a sunny day or an overcast day always apply sunscreen on your child before they go outside. Make sure you apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before heading out and reapply over two hours or sooner especially is your child has been swimming.  Even though sunscreens say water resistant, between the pool and sweating, it wears off. 

In addition to wearing sunscreen, also consider adding sun protective clothing, like a rash guard and clothing that has built in SPF.  Also, choose dark shades of red, blue or green as they do not absorb sunlight.  Don’t forget a brimmed hat and sunglasses which protect the eyes and the area that surrounds your eyes and your forehead.  It also does not hurt to apply sunscreen to your child’s scalp—skin exposed is skin that the sun can target.

The best way to avoid sunlight is to stay indoors between peak hours (10 am-4 pm) when rays are the strongest but that might not be possible. When outside remember to keep hydrating your children.  Drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your child’s skin.  Fruit is also a great summertime snack that is hydrating.  Watermelon and other melons are great options and easy fun finger food for the kiddos.

 And remember, at the end of the day to give your child a cool bath or shower to avoid more skin damage and remove sunscreen.  A cool bath keeps your skin feeling great and refreshed. 

By starting healthy habits young, it teaches kids how to make the good decisions regarding skin care for the future!

 

Author Platinum Dermatology — Published June 3, 2019