All About Sunscreen!

Hands up who hates the daily struggle of having to apply sunscreen on their kids? 🙋🏼‍♀️

I love Australia but this is a daily chore I coud do without, but I do it EVERY SINGLE DAY anyway because it’s an insurance policy for their future, and it dramatically reduces the risk of them suffering with sun damage in later life.

As a Brit, I was surprised to hear the myth that it wasn’t recomended to use sunscreen all day every day, year round in Australia, due to Vitamin D deficiency, however, after doing some research, I found out that it is actually the opposite…

“Several studies have shown that sunscreen use in real life has minimal impact on Vitamin D levels over time. In summer most of us get enough Vitamin D through incidental sun exposure – deliberate excess sun exposure, even for those with Vitamin D deficiency, is never recommended.” - cancer.org.au

Growing up in the UK, we are pretty naive to the kind of sun damage that people in Australia are used to talking about. When the sun comes out in England, the tops come off!

Since living here, I have seen my fair share of damage done to skin, families and lives.

Here are some basic recommendations from the Cancer Council….

  • Children under the age of 12 months should avoid direct sunlight when UV levels are 3 and above. (you can use the free sunsmart app)

  • Cover as much of your child’s skin as possible using loose fitting clothes.

  • Slap on a hat that protects the face, ears and back of the neck.

  • Plan the day so that you are not out in the midday sun between 10am-2pm

  • Apply SPF 30+ on any exposed skin, regularly & reapply every 2 hours!

  • Apply sunscreen 20 mins before you are exposed to the sun.

  • The Australasian College of Dermatologist recomends minimising the use of sunscreen in children under 6 months of age as their skin is highly absorbant

Don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below if you have any kid health related questions, you know i love to hear from you!

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