Sun safety can be a huge hassle when you have kids, but protecting children’s skin is one of the most important things we can do. Even darker-skin-toned children get sunburn and are at risk of skin cancer when they grow up. In other words, all families need not only to slather up, but also to take steps to avoid damaging UV rays. How are you going to do all this? We’ve got your back.
South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world.
All kids should wear sunscreen with an SPF of 20 or higher. Annique’s Sun Safety SPF30 aerosol spray is a non-stick, water resistant sunscreen that is suitable for the whole family. This product provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays of the sun and contains Green Rooibos extract for its antioxidant properties.
Avoid the Strongest Rays of the Day
Try to stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest (usually from 10:00-16:00). If kids are in the sun during this time, apply and reapply sunscreen — even if they’re just playing in the backyard. Most sun damage happens from exposure during day-to-day activities, not from being at the beach. Remember that even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays reach the earth. This “invisible sun” can cause unexpected sunburn and skin damage.
One of the best ways to protect skin is to cover up. Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective. Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears and back of the neck.
Even older kids need to escape the sun. For outdoor events, bring along a wide umbrella or a pop-up tent to play in. If it’s not too hot outside and won’t make kids even more uncomfortable, have them wear light long-sleeved shirts and/or long pants and a hat!
Sun exposure damages the eyes as well as the skin. Even one day in the sun can lead to a burned cornea (the outer clear membrane layer of the eye). Sun exposure over time can cause cataracts (clouding of the eye lens, which leads to blurred vision) later in life. The best way to protect eyes is to wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection.
Let kids pick their own pair — many options are fun, with multi-coloured frames or cartoon characters.
What if Your Child Gets Sunburn?
When kids get sunburned, they usually have pain and a sensation of heat — symptoms that tend to get worse several hours after sun exposure. Some also get chills. Because the sun has dried their skin, it can become itchy and tight. Sunburned skin begins to peel about a week after the sunburn.
To treat sunburn:
Have your child take a cool (not cold) Rooibos-infused bath to help ease pain and heat.
Apply Essense Liquid Skin Nutrition regularly to any sunburned areas. Liquid Skin Nutrition contains essential nutrients that help heal and moisturise burnt skin.
Apply Miracle Tissue Oil and Resque Crème. Annique’s Rooibos Miracle Tissue Oil has been formulated with Rooibos-infused oil to help calm and revive your skin while Resque Crème helps to effectively relieve irritated and itchy skin.