Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you and your family’s skin healthy.
•Check your family’s skin products. If anyone has sensitive skin or a history of eczema, this is even more important. Look for the word “hypoallergenic” on all soaps, lotions and detergents. This term means the product is free of irritating dyes, fragrances and substances that may cause an allergic reaction.
•Tame acne. Most of us remember the growing pains of self-confidence. Add acne to the mix, and you might have an emotional teenager on your hands. Avoid being influenced by highly advertised brands, however, seek professional advice at a dermatology practice with skincare specialists for a personalized treatment plan. You want your children to have an active lifestyle with plenty of outdoor exercise, but the sunny spring and summer days increase the risk of skin damage and sunburns, so…
•Don’t forget the sunscreen. Keep your children protected with a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and sunglasses.
The most important thing to remember when thinking about sun protection is that you are your children’s role model. Let them see you protecting yourself from the sun so they are inspired to do the same.
Also, too many babies are getting sunburns. Remember, babies under six months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Cover your baby’s sensitive skin with proper protective clothing, covering the arms and legs completely as well as the head with a bonnet or a hat. Awnings, trees and a sun umbrella on the baby stroller or carriage also provide varying degrees of shade.
Ideally, your entire family should seek the shade especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest.
About the Author
Michael Steppie, MD, is president and medical director of Associates in Dermatology with 15 Central Florida locations.