Spring skincare tips for babies and children

April 8, 2016

The weather is definitely warming up, which means you'll need to update your child's skincare routine to suit the temperature change. Here are our tips for protecting your little one's skin when the sun has got his hat on and is coming out to play:

  1. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight. So if you're out try to sit in the shade and ensure your baby's body is fully covered in cool clothing. A sunhat is also important. Apply sunscreen to any exposed areas, paying close attention to areas that often get forgotten, like behind the ears and the neck.
  2. Limit direct sun exposure for older children and try to avoid the times when the sun is at its highest at midday. Children should play in areas where there is lots of shade if you're out in those peak hours.
  3. Always put sunscreen with a high SPF on your child and follow the instructions on the back of the bottle. Some sunscreens will need to be reapplied every few hours, others are waterproof and some will be formulated for sensitive skins that are free from fragrances.
  4. Make sure you apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside to ensure it has time to start working.
  5. Offer your children plenty of water throughout the day so that they remain hydrated. It's very easy for children to forget to drink when they're out having fun.
  6. Choose lightweight cotton clothing for your kids so they don't overheat. Sweat can exacerbate eczema and cause itching.

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