Well we know it’s important to make our kids wear sunscreen as soon as we have a hint of sunny weather, but what do we need to look out for when selecting which one to use?

We want to make sure that they are protected from the sun, so how do we know which is the right one to go with. We have selected the top 5 things to look for when buying sunscreen for your children – to ensure they get the best protection

  • SPF – this is the first factor to look at, it ranges from 2 to 50+ so we look at the highest number to get the better protection against the sun. The NHS advises using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, but a sunscreen with a higher factor will give your child the best protection against burning.
  • UVA and UVB protection – The letters ‘UVB’ mean that your sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B rays: the ones that make you burn, it’s equally important to look for an UVA rating. This means that the sunscreen protects against ultraviolet A rays, which penetrate deep into the skin and cause long-term ageing. Only products with 5* UVA and a high SPF offer full protection from the sun: using a sunscreen with a 3* UVA rating means that 40% of UVA rays still penetrate the skin.
  • Water resistance – It’s still essential to reapply sunscreen after swimming, towel drying or sweating, in case it’s washed or rubbed off, but choosing a water-resistant brand will give you peace of mind while your child’s in the water.
  • Easy application  – It’s no easy task applying sunscreen for child especially if you want to make it part of your daily routine, so go for easy to apply, such as a spray to help ensure you get sunscreen on your child.
  • Expiry date  – Most sunscreens are OK to use for 12 to 24 months, as long as they’re kept in a cool place, out of direct sunlight but it will tell you how long it will be effective for once opened on the bottle.