Sun Protection for Children

Sunlight makes us happy: especially children. But sufficient sun protection is essential for children in particular, in order to prevent skin damage.

Reliable protection and care

Children’s skin – extra sensitive and in need of protection

Babies’ and toddlers’ skin needs an extra high level of protection from the sun, as it is much thinner and more sensitive than adults’ skin. In the first few years of life, the skin’s own protective mechanisms against UV radiation are not yet sufficiently developed: the skin therefore does not form any protective light callosity or pigments against radiation. What’s more, the skin's regeneration processes do not properly function in children in their first few years of life. And children aged three and over also need to be careful in the sun, as sunburn during childhood is one of the main causes of skin cancer in adulthood.

The best sun protection for children

The best protection from sunlight can be found in the shade. That’s why babies should never spend time in blazing sunlight during the first 12 months of their lives.

You should also use at least SPF 30 – or better yet 50+ – on children. For the little ones in particular, we recommend waterproof products which allow them to join in the fun, and offer protection, even when swimming and splashing about, have a look at our sun care products for babies and kids

Dressing properly in the sun

In summer, little children just want to tear off all their clothes and run around naked – especially on the beach or in the pool. No matter how great the temptation to turn a blind eye, you should always make sure your children are wearing appropriate clothing in the sun.

Essential children’s clothing for sunny days

What they’ll need to wear in the sun:

  • A head covering which protects not just the head, but also the neck, ears and face. 
  • Baggy shirts, and trousers that are comfortable and airy. UV clothing, which offers special protection from UV radiation due to its impregnation and special weaving technique, is recommended. The UV protection factor of this clothing should be at least 30.
  • UV shirts are especially great for spending time in and near the water, as they protect your back, shoulders and chest. 
  • Sandals which sufficiently cover the tops of your feet and the heels. The top of the foot is one of the body parts that need the most protection. 
  • A pair of sunglasses with UV protection.

Which sun protection is right for children?

Sun protection for children

It’s important to apply a suitable sun protection product to body parts that cannot be sufficiently protected by clothing. As children’s skin can only protect itself from UV radiation for a few minutes, always apply sun protection before they spend time in the sun, preferably with sun protection factor 50+. Use sun creams that protect against UVA and UVB radiation and have been developed especially for children’s sensitive skin. When splashing about and swimming, your children should always be protected with waterproof sunscreen; make sure you reapply this after drying them off. 

Sufficient sun protection for children

On the beach, it’s difficult to apply your children’s sun cream, as they’re so excited about building sandcastles. For impatient children, it’s therefore recommended to apply the sun protection at home and to use a spray. This absorbs into the skin quickly and is very easy to apply.

Fun in the sun

The more fun it is to apply a product, the more the child will love putting it on. For example, coloured products are available to offer a playful aspect. The colour makes sure these products can be applied, and it disappears while it is being rubbed in.

At midday – play in the shade or take a siesta

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., children and adults alike should both avoid the sun completely, as the UV radiation at this time is at its highest. You should therefore find a shaded area or stay indoors. Parasols or awnings create suitably shady spaces in the garden, where children can also play during the hottest time of the day. But children need the right clothing and sun protection in the shade, as well. During a beach holiday, take advantage of the early morning and late afternoon for digging, splashing and swimming – it’s not only better for your health, but it’s also much nicer!