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Stay Safe in the Sunshine

Posted by Lynette - on

Sun safety tips from GB Toys

The sun has been a bit mean to us all so far this year. When it does decide to shine we all rush out, fire up the barbeque and make sure that we make the most of the sun’s rays. Getting out in the warm air is great for everyone and it gives us that much needed Vitamin D that we’re all yearning for. 

Even if the sun isn't at its hottest it’s important to protect your children from the UV rays and begin teaching them about sun safety. Here are some tips on how to keep your children’s skin safe from sun damage:

  • Hats are a must for all children, especially small babies with hardly any hair or very fine hair on their heads.  Choose hats with wide brims so they cover much of the face and neck. Sunglasses are also a must just make sure they are age appropriate and that they filter UVB and UVA rays.
  • Sunscreen is a must but many people don’t like the idea of putting chemicals on their children’s skin. If you are worried about what’s in the bottle there are many organic sunscreens and sunblock’s out there that are far kinder and that work. Take time to read the information about the sunscreen and do your research to make sure it is safe and effective.
  • Apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before you head outside.
  • Aloe Vera is brilliant for soothing hot skin after some fun in the sun. Buy all natural Aloe Vera rather than products with other ingredients mixed in as it’s effective in its purest form.
  • Be a role model to your children and always wear a hat, sunglasses and slather on the sunscreen yourself. Make it a routine that you follow without fail to teach great habits for the whole family. 
We have to make sure we make the most of the little amount of sunshine we get here in the UK. Setting up play areas in the shade is a brilliant way of keeping your children out of the direct rays. Put down a blanket and bring out some of the more durable toys or playsets out of the toy box. Remember that the sun doesn't always need to be shining brightly and it's important to be careful even on cloudy days. 

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