Keep Your Kids Sun Safe: Maximum Protection for the Whole Family


Summertime means enjoying fun days at the beach or park with the family and making the most of the glorious sunshine. While you’re packing your beach bag, it’s essential to include a high-quality sunscreen, which is where Heliocare is the perfect choice to help protect your whole family’s skin.

Heliocare is a market leader in sun protection and their full range of suncare products includes topical sunscreens and capsules so you can protect your skin from the inside and outside. The globally recognised brand also offers a range of Pediatrics suncare designed especially for children’s sensitive skin.  

We all know that it’s important to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays and that’s especially important for children whose delicate skin can suffer long-term damage from sunburn.  

“An overdose of sun can lead to sunburn, skin and eye damage. Our bodies however do need some sun to help make vitamin D, which is very important for things like strong bones and muscles. We just need to take precautions not to overdo our sun exposure,” adds Michelle Watts, Registered Nurse at NEO Skin Lab where Heliocare is recommended to clients and their children.

When you’re looking for sunscreen, you should always look for SPF50 on the label to get the best sun protection. 

But what does SPF actually mean?  

It stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the number beside it indicates how well that particular sunscreen protects skin against sunburn. The SPF number is how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product (exactly as directed) versus the amount of time without any sunscreen. So ideally, with SPF 50, it would take you 50 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen.

To get that maximum protection, you must apply sunscreen to yours and your family’s skin liberally and thoroughly, and 30 minutes before you head out into the sun, reapplying every 2 hours for best protection.

How do we teach our children about being safe in the sun?  

“We talk about it from a very early age, often and clearly,” adds Michelle. “Explain that the sun cream we apply helps to stop the bits of the sun getting through that hurt our skin. We need to keep putting the sun cream on regularly because when we play and go in the water, the cream rubs off and then our skin is not protected anymore. The more we normalise applying sun cream daily all year round, it will become a habit for our kids and they will do it without even thinking.”

Heliocare understands that families love to be active in the sun and among the kids’ range is the popular Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Mineral, which is not only water resistant but sand resistant too, meaning it doesn’t rub off on contact with sand. Being fragrance free makes it a good choice for those little ones who don’t like things that ‘smell funny’ too.

You will also find the Heliocare 360° Pediatrics Atopic Spray in the children’s range and this one is super easy to apply on the body with a trigger spray. Its light, hydrating, fluid lotion is great for those with drier skin and it’s suitable for sensitive and atopic skin. 

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