The warmer weather is finally here so now is the perfect opportunity to educate the next generation about sun safety. Let’s empower our kids so they can have fun in the sun without worrying about damaging their delicate skin. Follow our Sun Care Specialist’s simple sun care tips to ensure your kids stay protected this summer:
If your children are aged seven or older, I would recommend having a chat with them about sun safety. Start by making them aware of the dangers, so that they understand why keeping safe is important. Teach them how to apply sun cream on their own as there may be occasions when you’re not with them. This could be an outing with their friends or a school trip when they would need to protect their skin.
Don’t just talk about sun cream, discuss the importance of sunglasses, hats and staying in the shade as well. By giving them these simple sun care tips, you will equip them with the necessary tools to look after their skin for years to come.
Preparation is key
Anyone with kids knows that whenever you go to the beach, the kids are always too excited to stand still. This makes it almost impossible to smother sun cream all over them. So, be prepared and do it before you leave home, better still do it as they’re getting dressed. That way they are protected and can enjoy the sun straight away.
However, this is easier said than done, the majority of children avoid sun cream at all costs! Try to make it part of their daily routine during the summer, so that it becomes as natural as putting on their socks! Better still, make it fun by creating your own game. Try pretending that the sun cream is a magical protective layer that will give them superpowers. Then squirt them all over saying that it’s Elsa’s (from Frozen!) ice powers to keep them cool.
Break it up
I wouldn’t recommend anyone to stay out in the sun all day, especially between the hours of 11-2pm, when the sun is at its hottest. To encourage your kids to escape the heat when they’re out and about, create your own shady spot. This could be a pop-up shelter where they should sit when they’re having a drink or some food.
A parasol is also good for the beach, encourage them to build their sandcastles in the shade!
When at home, create a ‘cool room’ in your house. Go for the coldest room, draw the curtains and place a fan inside. Have fun with it and say that it’s the magical cooling cave for when the sun gets too hot. It will be the perfect place to retreat once they get hot and bothered. Whenever they’re having a break, encourage them to drink plenty of water to ensure they keep hydrated.
Two tablespoons of sun cream should be ample to cover and protect your child’s face and body. You should reapply the same amount of sun cream every two hours. However, if they have been splashing about in the water, make sure that it is reapplied straight away. Sometimes it is not always convenient to reapply. Luckily for you, Calypso Once a Day Lotion contains a specially enhanced formula, so it lasts longer than other sunscreens. This gives your child worry-free protection for the whole day.