Sunscreen is essential for the summer season—and most especially for little ones’ sensitive skin. But not all sun creams are created equal; here’s what you should be checking when buying a bottle (and it’s not just about the SPF).
A high sun protection factor (SPF) is key when you’re looking to buy a sunscreen to keep your baby’s skin safe; but the UVA rating—the level of protection against ultraviolet radiation, is just as integral.
Check the front or back of the bottle for the UVA star rating—4 or 5 stars is sufficient. While you shouldn’t assume that a pricey brand will automatically have a high SPF and UVA rating, the majority of creams in the UK likely should; but the advice is handy for any travel abroad.
The British Association of Dermatologists reiterate:
“A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars is generally considered as a good standard of sun protection in addition to shade and clothing.”
Other sun safety tips for tots include:
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen; even if your child isn’t going swimming, if he’s outside, he’s likely to sweat.
- Put on a wide-brimmed hat and shades
- For babes younger than 6 months, keep them out of direct sunlight