UVA and UVB protection in children
Have you heard the term “skin has memory”? This refers to the fact that from a young age, the damage that the skin receives, when you reach adulthood, your skin suffers those damages and begins to show them.
For example, If a 5-year-old was in the sun for several hours without the necessary sun protection, in his adult years, the consequences will begin to show. That’s what the saying comes from that the skin has memory. That is why it is vital to protect children’s skin from an early age. This greatly reduces the dreaded skin cancer. Sun protection is a step that we should not overlook. Especially in summer.
Studies have shown that the use of sunscreen before 18 years of age reduces the incidence of skin cancer by up to 78%. The skin alone has a natural protection against UVA and UVB rays that prevents burns. Depending on the type of skin, the protection time varies for each person. Although in general it is about 15 minutes. After that time, the skin begins to redden.
To help this natural protection, there are sun filters. Make sure they have the following characteristics:
- Protection SPF 50+
- Protection against UVA and UVB rays
- Physical or mineral filters
- Water resistant
In addition to using sunscreen, also try to put clothes on your child that help protect him from the sun’s rays, such as sleeves long, caps, sunglasses, etc. You should also try not to expose yourself to the central hours of the day. Although the sun is heard as an enemy, the truth is that it is not. But if it must be exposed responsibly.