Summer usually means spending more time outdoors to soak up the sun. And although we all need the vitamin D that we can get from the sun, too much of it can cause damage to our skin. Even your children can develop skin problems when you do not provide them with adequate protection. This is something that you should avoid at all cost!
Summer may mean more time playing around with your kids in your garden, but if you want to get some relief from the worry that your children are exposed to the UVA and UVB rays being emitted by the sun, here are a few skin care tips that you can do this summer.
Stay indoors from 10 am to 4 pm
Like it was mentioned before, getting some sunlight is needed for our body to create vitamin D, but when it’s already 10 in the morning, better get back inside your home with your kids. The peak hours of the sun during the day is from 10 am to 4 pm so it is best to keep your play time indoors during these hours.
Hydrate the skin
Aside from sweating buckets during the summer, the hot sun can cause more liquids to evaporate from your child’s skin. This can lead to excessive dryness which may cause cracks and peelings on their skin. If you wish to avoid this, your best bet is to hydrate their skin constantly. Apply moisturizers that do not contain much chemicals on your child’s skin to lock in the moisture.
If you plan on heading to the beach, or even outside in your garden, it is always a good idea to have your kids wear protective gear especially during the summer. A wide brimmed hat can protect their lovely little heads and may even give their face ample shade too. Let them wear sunglasses too since the skin around the eyes tend to be thinner compared to other parts of the body.
Regardless of whether your kids are going out to play, or the whole family will go to the beach, always let everyone wear sunscreen protection. You should apply sunscreen 15 to half an hour before you leave the house to help the lotion sink into your skin. Make sure that you reapply it if your child will be swimming. There are water resistant sunscreen available, so follow the directions on the bottle.
Sweat, oil, dust and dirt can clog the pores of your little one’s skin, which can lead to prickly heat among other skin problems. That said, it is always a good idea to give your child a bath using mild soap to help clear up the possible debris lodged in their pores. Not only will this help cleanse their skin, but it can also keep their body temperature down too, which makes them feel cool.
Dress them appropriately
Summer means wearing light clothing as much as possible, so your child will feel comfortable. Wrapping them up in several layers of clothing can trap the sweat in their skin which can lead to skin irritation. Let them wear clothes that are made from cotton because it’s a breathable fabric.
The hot summer season is almost upon us which means that it is high time that you get your skin care routine down pat. Your child may not be into applying lotions and such, but it is a good time to teach them how to protect their skin while they are still young.