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Sun’s out, fun’s out. Outdoor play is important for a child’s learning experience. But in sunny Singapore, too much unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be damaging to the skin, even at a young age. Apart from sun burns, UV rays can also weaken the immune system, cause eye damage and may even lead to skin cancer at an early age. With skin so delicate, it is important to take all the precautions necessary to keep our children sun protected. We have come up with a comprehensive Sun Care 101 Guide on how to keep your kids sun protected so that they can have all the fun in the sun they want.
Proper use of sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer. It is also beneficial in reducing sun burns and red blotches, and prevent skin discolouration. But with so many types of kids sunscreen on the market, how do we choose the right one?
Sunscreens are broadly divided into two categories – chemical and mineral sunscreen. It is recommended to opt for a mineral sunscreen for your child. Usually made up of natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral sunscreens contain safer ingredients that are ideal for the child’s delicate skin. This is compared to chemical sunscreens, which are made of non-natural chemical ingredients, may be more irritable on the skin, and will also need more frequent reapplications.
Another important factor to consider when choosing the right sunscreen for your child is whether it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many sunscreens do not protect against UVA rays, which can penetrate deep into your child’s skin and create long-term effects such as wrinkles and dark spots in the future. To ensure that your child is properly sun protected, keep a look out for a “Broad Spectrum” label when purchasing a sunscreen.
One sunscreen that checks all the boxes is the Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Mineral SPF50+. Made up of 100% mineral filters, this topical sunscreen is 100% safe to use for children even from 3 months of age. Ultra-light and non-comedogenic, it contains specific active ingredients to hydrate the skin barrier of your child while providing high-level sun protection.
Taking it to the next level, Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Mineral SPF50+ not only protects against UVA and UVB rays, it also protects against an additional two forms of radiation – visible light and infrared. Using Heliocare’s exclusive Fernblock®+ Technology, the sunscreen goes the extra mile to neutralise and repair sun damage on the skin. With strong antioxidant properties, it also lowers the risk of cellular damage to your child’s skin.
Highly waterproof and sand resistant, Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Mineral SPF50+ allows for less frequent reapplications and is suitable for water activities. It has been tested under paediatric, dermatological, and ophthalmological control, with no irritation to the eyes, so you can be sure this sunscreen is safe and effective even for your littlest ones.
If your child is four years old or above, you can take an extra step to protect them from the sun with Heliocare 360° Junior Oral Sticks.
Comes in a pleasant orange flavour, these easy-to-consume sachets are not your ordinary sweet treat. Just one sachet a day is all you need to increase the skin resistance of your little ones to the sun, reducing their risk of sun burn. This oral supplement also helps to protect areas that are difficult to reach with topical sunscreen, such as the scalp, eyes and ears.
Pro Tip: Mummies and daddies need to be sun protected too! Check out the full Heliocare range for effective sun protection inside out for the grown-ups.
Sometimes, sunburns are inevitable after a scorching hot beach day. When your child gets a sunburn, pain and itchiness can cause a lot of discomfort for them, even after several days. It is important to know how to properly treat a sunburn to prevent infections and help your child heal quickly before their next outdoor adventure. Here are some Dos and Don’ts when treating a sunburn:
The sun can be harmful for our skin, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the great outdoors with your child! With Heliocare, go out and create beautiful memories with your child, worry-free.