sun protection, sunscreens & sun burn

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Re: sports & suncream

Postby Dr Dev Shah on Wed May 20, 2015 9:43 am

Saving your children from sunburn will give them a much better skin when they are older, reduce their risk of skin cancer. no suncreens give their protection for a full day despite what is written on the label. It sounds like a gel or oil formulaiton maybe better suited to their needs - all good pharmacies and supermarkets will havea good range. I would buy several different formulations and try them.

Remember the only effective sunscreen is the one you use and apply every 1-2 hours during the day.
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Re: sports & suncream

Postby Emma Craythorne on Wed May 20, 2015 9:47 am

The first part of sun protection is our behaviours in the sun, so if it is possible sporting activities are best organised for morning or later afternoon to avoid the most damaging UVB rays. Thought too should be given to clothing and headwear and there are many brands on the market who make UV blocking sports wear that is still comfortable and light for children to wear, you could see Eye wear should not be forgotten and there is a company who supply eye wear with UV protection specifically for sports such as rugby and football designed initially to protect the eye from traumatic injury but doubles up as UV protection.

Sunscreens are made up of two types - Mineral and Non Mineral. Mineral sunscreens are ones containing zinc, or titanium. These do not breakdown in sunlight, are not usually absorbed and are more effective at blocking UVA rays than non-minerals. These are considered the best choice for children. Often because they are minerals they can feel a bit thick on the skin and cause sweating. Some companies have now miniaturized the minerals so they are more comfortable on the skin and don't have that "white" appearance. Many of the companies now specifically make a range for sporting activities and it will be trial and error until you can find the correct one for your children. I can recommend for you to try La Roche Posay AntiHelios Dermo-pediatrics SPF50+ this comes in a light spray or a cream.
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