We all know how important it is to make our kids wear sunscreen when they’re enjoying the great outdoors – but choosing the right one can be tricky.
Is it OK to go for the cheapest sunscreen we can find, or should we be looking out for particular features to make sure our children are well-protected from the sun?
Here are the 7 things to look for on your bottle of sunscreen when you’re buying to ensure your child’s getting the best possible protection.
The SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is the first thing most of us look for when we’re choosing a sunscreen.
SPFs range from 2 to 50+, with the higher ratings offering the best protection.
The NHS advises using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 even in the UK and on cloudy days, but a sunscreen with a higher factor – such as Soltan Kids
Hypoallergenic Moisturizing Sun care Lotion SPF 30 or 50+ – will give your child the best protection against burning.
UVA and UVB protection
The letters ‘UVB’ mean that your sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B rays: the ones that make you burn.
But it’s equally important to look for an UVA rating. This means that the sunscreen protects against ultraviolet A rays, which penetrate deep into the skin and cause long-term ageing.
A sunscreen’s UVA rating is shown by the letters ‘UVA’ and a number of stars, up to a maximum of five. The letters in a circle shows that it meets European standards.
Only products with 5* UVA and a high SPF offer full protection from the sun: using a sunscreen with a 3* UVA rating means that 40% of UVA rays still penetrate the skin.
Soltan is the number one 5* UVA sunscreen, giving you and your child the best possible protection from both sunburn and long-term skin damage.
If your child’s a water baby, it’s important to look for a water-resistant sunscreen that will protect them from the sun while they’re splashing around.
It’s still essential to reapply sunscreen after swimming, towel drying or sweating in case it’s washed or rubbed off, but choosing a water-resistant brand like Soltan
will give you peace of mind while your child’s in the water.
Trying to apply sunscreen to a reluctant child is no mean feat, so choosing a once-a-day sunscreen like Soltan Once Spray SPF15/30/50+ will keep the trauma to a minimum.
It’s perfect for nursery or school, where staff may not be allowed to apply children’s sunscreen, as well as days out in the sun.
The UK’s number one long-wear sunscreen will protect your child from the sun for a full eight hours, and its 5* UVA rating means they’re protected against long-term skin damage, too.
Children’s skin can be sensitive, especially in the sun, and some kids react to sunscreens by coming out in hives or a rash.
To reduce the risk, look for a sunscreen that’s labelled hypoallergenic. This means it’s less likely to cause an uncomfortable and unpleasant allergic reaction.
Did you know that sunscreen has an expiry date? Using the half-full bottle you’ve just found at the back of the cupboard could mean your child’s skin isn’t fully-protected, as the SPF may drop below what’s stated if its expiry date’s passed.
Most sunscreens are OK to use for 12 to 24 months, as long as they’re kept in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.
Some sunscreens are marked with an expiry date, but otherwise, check the bottle for a picture of a small, open tub with a number inside it.
The number indicates how many months you can safely use it for after it’s been opened.
Did you know that 60% of sunburn happens in the UK?
That means it’s essential for your child to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, between March and October.
When applying sunscreen is part of your daily routine, choosing one that’s quick and easy to apply, such as a spray rather than a lotion, will save precious time in the
Soltan Kids Once 8 Hour Spray SPF 30/50+ sprays on easily, absorbs quickly, and will protect your child’s skin from the sun for eight hours, so you don’t need to
interrupt your summer fun to top it up.