We read confusing and often conflicting advice about how we should be keeping our little ones safe in the sun. On the 13th of July 2021 we teamed up with My Favourite Things and the sun protection range by Linea MammaBaby to bring you this FREE webinar where dermatologist Dr. Liam Mercieca spoke about how we can keep our kids safe from the harmful effects of the sun, and parents asked questions related to the topic.
Babies and children's skin is fragile and defenceless and certainly more at risk than that of adults, which is why it is essential to be extremely careful when exposing children to the sun, favouring the early morning and late afternoon, when UV rays are less strong. For additional protection, they should wear light-coloured breathable clothing, hats with visors and CE-marked sunglasses,which meet European safety and effectiveness requirements.
These precautions must be used in combination with sunscreens specially formulated for children. Protecting your child's skin is especially important because children have very low levels of melanin, the dark pigment that protects them from sunburn and makes them tan.
Linea MammaBaby sunscreens have a very high protective function. They are formulated according to the best principles specifically for the sensitive skin of children to protect against the negative effects of ultraviolet UVA and UVB radiation. Sunscreen must be applied again frequently to maintain protection, especially after swimming, sweating or after towel-drying.
The advice is always to keep unprotected children out of the direct sun, avoiding the middle of the day and avoiding prolonged exposure as this is a major health risk.
SPF is the Sun Protection Factor - the number indicates the sun exposure time before starting to burn. It takes a certain time to get sunburned if exposed without protection. Multiply the number of minutes until you start to get burned without protection by the sun protection factor of a sunscreen to obtain the number of minutes of protected exposure. For example, if a product with a protection factor of 10 is applied to a skin that starts to burn after twenty minutes, you will have 20 x 10 = 200 minutes of safe exposure.
However, these values are only theoretical. In reality, there are also other factors to consider, such as the skin type and UV intensity of the location, as well as the time of day when one is exposed to the sun. In addition, SPF is a value that indicates protection against UVB, not UVA radiation. So, on its own it does not protect from the full spectrum of the sun’s radiation. For this reason, when buying sunscreen, it is important to ensure that it can screen against both UVA and UVB. Read the labels carefully. In addition to the SPF, the label should state the letters “UVA” enclosed in a circle.
Linea MammaBaby's Albertino Sole Baby SPF 50+ sunscreen gives you the peace of mind you need. The product is dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, it is water-resistant and PEG, colouring and paraben-free. It has an efficient, innovative and photostable filtering system (offering broad-spectrum protection from UVB-UVA radiation) and effectively protects the delicate skin of little ones from sunburn and sun rash in a natural way.
More importantly, the product together with Sole Mamma SPF30 sunscreen passed the ABICH TEST on sensitive skin, with flying colours. The product remained in contact with the skin for 48 hours without triggering any reactions.
That’s not all - Linea MammaBaby sunscreens are packaged with the Bag-on-Valve system that in addition to being an excellent dispensing system also reduces the environmental impact. The special ecological and sustainable 360° dispenser allows easy and uniform application of the product even in the most difficult to reach areas, facilitating uniform protection and a gradual response of the skin to the action of the sun.
In the Bag On Valve system, the compressed air in the aerosol can is contained outside the bag and works as a propellant on the product inside. In contrast to conventional aerosol sprays, where the product and propellant are mixed, separating the two components offers several benefits: