By Mariah Hasan Khurram
Applying sunblock lotions is very important, no matter what age you are. It is a one good measure to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Being a mother of two, prompted me to research sunblocks and the best practices regarding their usage with kids and infants. I felt a strong need to share the results of my findings since skin is precious and once damaged, it rarely recovers back to its original condition.
Saving kids from the harmful sunrays is as essential as it is for us; the adults. But it is equally essential for children. Use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes out in the sun. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before the sun exposure. Don’t forget to apply on ears, nose, and on the feet. However, I would recommend exposing some good part of legs to direct sun rays so that Vitamin D deficiency is not caused. Sun rays are a good source of Vitamin D which is produced when bare skin comes into contact with direct sun rays.
Secondly, keep your sunblock handy at all times out in the open, especially when going out for sports. For water sports, water-resistant sunblocks must be used. Tanning of skin caused by direct exposure of sunrays is an indication of damage. As a matter of fact, tanned skin is damaged skin. The change of skin complexion post direct exposure to sunlight is caused by UV rays.
According to American Academy of Pediatrics, Food and Drug Administration, and American Cancer Society, sunblocks can be used on babies who are six months or older. However, care must be taken when it comes to infants. Avoid exposing your baby to the sunlight between 10am to 2pm or adequately dress up your baby if the exposure is unavoidable. For infants, it is recommended to use sunblocks wth SPF30.
Also look for sunblocks which contain only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (just to avoid unnecessary chemicals). Note than avoiding sunblocks causes more damage than the application of constituent chemicals on baby skin.
(Mariah is a freelance makeup artist and a contributing writer at The Blush Works. Follow Mariah on Instagram @mariahkhasan )