Summer Sun Safety in Spain

Spain happens to be the sunniest country in Europe, with more than 300 days of sunshine along its Mediterranean coast each year.  The Nanny Line wants you to have fun in Spain’s summer sunshine and keep you family’s skin safe.  Here are our tips:

 

Choose the right type of sun protection for your kids:

  • Sunblock Sticks are good for the face because they don’t drip.

 

  • Choose cream mineral-based sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium oxide for babies and kids with sensitive skin.

 

  • No sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months.

 

  • A spray sunscreen may be the easiest to apply to hard-to-reach areas or squirmy kids.  Be sure to cover your child’s face while spraying and never spray directly onto their face.  Also, ask them to hold their breath for five seconds while spraying.

 

  • Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

 

  • Make sure all sunscreen is broad spectrum which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays and water resistant.

 

Apply like an expert.

  • Remember to use about a shot-glass-sized amount of sunscreen to protect your entire body and about a Euro-sized amount to protect your face, ears and neck.

 

  • Avoid missing any areas by applying sunscreen before you put on your family’s bathing suits.

 

  • Most vulnerable and frequently-forgotten areas are the lips, eyelids, tops of feet, and ears.  Don’t wear lip gloss without any sun protection- moist lips attract the most damaging UV rays.

 

  • Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if you are sweating a lot or go swimming.  Try timing snack time with re-application so your kids will sit still munching watermelon while you reapply their sunscreen.

 

  • You need to wear sunblock any time you go outside:  Even when it is cloudy, 80% of the skin-damaging UVA rays still hit your skin.  The SunZapp free iPhone and Android app will let you know how to apply your sunscreen depending on local UV index so you don’t get sunburned.

 

 

Don’t forget the accessories.

  • Hats should have wide brims to cover face, head, ears and necks.  Choose one made out of quick-dry fabric with chin-straps so that they can be worn in the water.

 

  • Swim shirts or “Rashgards”with long sleeves are a great way to avoid the sunblock battle, as long as kids keep them on and still put sunblock on exposed areas like tops of hands, ears, neck, face and legs.

 

  • Make sure your kids wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  Research shows that by the age of 18, children will have absorbed 80% of their lifetime exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.  

 

  • Sun tents or wind-resistant umbrellas can create shade wherever you need some.

 

  • Kids will love playing with the color-changing bracelets, body stickers, and even markers Innovative companies have designed to let you know when you are at risk of a sunburn.

 

Timing is everything.

  • Sunblock should be applied at least 30 minutes before heading out in the sun because it takes that long for your skin to absorb the protective ingredients.

 

  • Time outdoor activities on sunny days for the part of the day when the sun’s rays are less intense (before 10 and after 16H).

 

  • Sunscreens lose their effectiveness after 3 years, so toss any old bottles you might have lying around.

 

Sometimes trying to get sunblock on the entire family can feel like an Olympic sport!  Don’t forget that The Nanny Line’s holiday and vacation nannies are available with an extra set of hands to keep your family’s summer (and skin) healthy and happy.

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