Summer is fast approaching for the UK, which means lots of warm sunny days filled with fun in the glorious sunshine, however, I think it’s really important to remind ourselves and our children how to keep safe in the sun.
The Sunshine has many benefits. It is widely known that many skin conditions like: psoriasis, eczema, jaundice, and acne, have been treated with UV exposure. Sun exposure also triggers your body to produce Vitamin D ‘sunshine vitamin’. It also releases a chemical called serotonin, also known as the happy hormone.
According to theactivetimes “It’s common knowledge that prolonged exposure to the sun without adequate protection can lead to skin cancer, but sunlight can also offset the risk of developing other types of cancer.”
So how do we keep safe in the sun, but still have fun?
The number 1 rule is suncream. NHS.UK state “Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks, and the tops of their feet. Reapply often throughout the day.” If you or your child will be swimming, remember to use a waterproof suncream SPF 15+, and reapply when out of the water.
Avoid direct sunshine between the hours of 11am-3pm. This is when the sun is at its strongest.
Children younger than 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight anyway. Their skin is too fragile to be able to cope with the UV rays.
Wear a hat children should wear a wide-brimmed hat that offers maximum protection for the face. Don’t forget about them eyes either, invest in a pair of good sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and display the “CE” mark – always check the label.
Children should wear a loose cotton t-shirt ideally. Sunsuits are a great investment and offer maximum protection for the skin. Don’t forget to still apply suncream though.
Drink lots of water. Keep hydrated.