Children's skin, which is still in development, is far more fragile than adult skin, particularly when it comes to the harmful effects of UV rays. There is only one solution: protect them.
Thin skin, an immature pigmentation system…
- Because it is thinner, it is more vulnerable to deeper cellular damage.
- With a less developed pigmentation system, it does not have a self-defence system (which, in adults, helps protect the skin against UV rays)
This is why children must be completely protected, even more so than adults.
… very vulnerable to sunburn, cellular damage and heatstroke
- Sunburn and deep cellular aggressions cause irreversible damage and make skin fragile over the long-term (acceleration of skin ageing, increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life).
- This deep-seated damage is compounded by the risk of dehydration or heatstroke.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Protect them from the earliest age
- Avoid periods of peak sunlight (between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.) by encouraging activities in the shade or naps.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with filtering lenses and dark clothing (a black tee-shirt protects more than a white one)
- Apply sunscreen frequently and generously (at least two layers every two hours and after each swim) on all exposed skin...without forgetting the nape, ears and feet!
- Choose a cream that is specially formulated for children with a protection index of 50 that is water- and sand-resistant.
- Drink regularly.
CAUTION! Before the age of three years, the entire medical profession recommends total sun avoidance.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dermatologist for more details.