How many of you constantly battle with your toddlers or children about wearing sunscreen?
Chasing them endlessly around the house or the park, to spray or lather them with the gooey, cold cream. Flailing … wailing … squirming.
Dreading the upcoming sunscreen season, yet? And … remember how we have to balance all of that with 30 mins wait time to ensure it’s effective.
Moreover, how many YOU “forget” to apply YOUR sunblock? Many of us think that just because we live in colder climates (like Canada), we don’t need to apply year round.
Sun protection is important year round no matter where you live.
Thankfully, our little one loves the idea of applying cream. So much so that every time we attempt the sunblock dance, she insists that all of her dolls, including her wooden horse must also have sunblock applied.
So a 10 minute process takes 30 minutes, but you know what, who cares?
At least she is being protected from the effects of the sun by wearing a sunscreen with an SPF (minimum of 30 SPF). Did you know, that there is a minimal difference between 30 SPF and 50 SPF in terms of sun protection?
I am struck by a post I read recently on the First Derm Online Dermatology website about the importance of wearing sunblock, and the author emphasized one key point:
The best sunscreen is the one you will wear.
Lets protect their (our) skin now! We want them to grow up without worry about future skin issues all because WE didn’t protect them young. As Jennifer Lonzer says, “Any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen: the best sunscreen is one you’ll use, one your children will use, according to the directions, every day.”
Both Canadian and American Cancer research show that no sunscreen can block all of the sun’s rays, so therefore sunscreen should only be one part of how you protect you and your family from the effects of the sun. Think about wearing a hat, sunglasses or light clothing when you are outside and likely to be exposed for a long time.
Now that our little one is older we have started to also teach her the importance of protecting her eyes on the sunny days, by wearing shades.
Make wearing sunglasses fun for your toddler by picking up a cool, colourful pair for them to sport around that playground. You know what, lead by example and “wear a pair” too!
If you would like more information on the importance of sunscreen check these sites out:
- Sunscreens Safe and Effective
- Spot Skin Cancer
- Skin Cancer Facts
- Sunscreen – Canadian Cancer Association
I’d love to hear your stories or experiences. Please share them below! This is part of bringing more awareness.
It’s amazing all the work that First Derm Online Dermatology is doing to try to help users identify skin issues and how they can be treated through early detection. In the coming days, I will share my family’s experience with the First Derm app (check it out on iTunes or Google Play). For my honest review and testing of their online app I was given two complimentary cases, which means that I can scan an ongoing skin issue and have it assessed by one of their board certified dermatologist for an expert opinion.