SUN PROTECTION
FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

Children’s skin is thinner and its pigmentation system (ability to “tan”) is still developing, which means it lacks the natural defences that help provide adult skin with some protection against harmful UV rays. 

YOUR QUESTIONS
OUR ANSWERS

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What sunscreen should I use for babies?

Babies and children under 3 should have no direct sun exposure whatsoever. Even in the shade, they should be protected with broad spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen as well as protective clothing and hats. The ANTHELIOS Dermo-Pediatrics range has been tested under paediatric supervision to be safe on baby’s fragile skin.


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How can I protect my skin from the sun?

Sun exposure puts you at risk of sunburn, as well as the long-term dangers of premature ageing and skin cancer. To stay safe in the sun, seek shade between 11 am and 3 pm, wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. In addition to these measures, generously apply broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen every 2 hours to any area of exposed skin.


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What is the best sunscreen for sensitive skin?

Some sunscreens can cause unpleasant stinging sensations on sensitive skin. Opt for broad-spectrum UVA-UVB protection that is tested on the most sensitive skin, such as the ANTHELIOS range from the sensitive skin specialist brand La Roche-Posay. All ANTHELIOS products integrate naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe sensitive skin.


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Does a spray tan protect you from the sun?

Absolutely not! Spray tans react with dead cells at skin’s surface to “dye” the skin. This has no bearing whatsoever on the skin’s defences against the sun. Spray tanning is much safer than conventional tanning, but you must continue to protect your skin from the sun after a spray tan using broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen.


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What is sunscreen SPF?

SPF stands for “sun protection factor”. It relates to your sunscreen’s ability to protect skin against UVB rays which cause burning. The higher the number, the greater the protection. When in the sun, you are recommended to apply a minimum of SPF 30 every 2 hours. A golfball-sized amount is required for the whole body.


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TRUE
OR FALSE

CHILDREN ARE MORE
VULNERABLE TO THE SUN.

TRUE

Sun safety is of paramount importance for children, especially when you know that 50 - 80% of UV-related damage occurs before the age of 20 years old, and that 1 out of 55 people born in 2008 will one day develop a melanoma. But this risk can be drastically reduced with the proper protection.
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SUN IS GOOD
FOR YOUR KID.

FALSE

Children's skin is particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun. That's why paediatricians and dermatologists agree that babies and toddlers under 3 years old should have no direct sun exposure whatsoever. After this age, make sure you use a high-protection broad-spectrum UVA-UVB sunscreen like Anthelios.
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DARK CLOTHES ARE
BETTER-SUITED FOR THE SUN.

TRUE

Indeed, dark and intense colours such as black, navy, red, or emerald green, provide more UV protection than white and pastels. So make sure you bring along some dark colours items of clothing too when packing for your next holidays!
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BABIES SHOULD HAVE 
NO DIRECT SUN EXPOSURE

Dermatologists recommend that infants under 3 should not be directly exposed to sunlight at all and should always be protected by sunscreen/clothes even when they are in the shade. Older children need to learn sun-smart behaviours such as regularly applying broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and avoiding exposure during the sunniest hours of the day (10 am to 4 pm).

TEACHING CHILDREN TO
PLAY SAFE IN THE SUN

In the article below, you will find a whole host of tips to teach your children the sun-smart behaviours they need to stay safe while enjoying the sun.

TURNING SUNSCREEN APPLICATION
INTO A GAME

Do your children run away when you try to apply their sun cream? Our short video will show you how to turn sun cream application into a game, and how your children can become sun superheroes with Anthelios.

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know?

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Snow, water and sand reflect UV rays*. Even in the shade, infants need to be protected from indirect exposure.

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*source: https://www.soleil.info/uv-meteo/soleil-terre-et-uv/altitude-et-reverberation-plus-duv.html

OUR SAFETY
COMMITMENTS

Safety standards beyond international cosmetics regulations.

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100% PRODUCTS
ALLERGY TESTED

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One Prerequisite = Zero Allergic reactions
If we detect a single case, we go back to the labs and reformulate
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JUST THE ESSENTIAL,
AT THE RIGHT ACTIVE DOSE

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Developed in collaboration with dermatologist and toxicologist, our products contain only the necessary ingredients, at the right active dose.
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TESTED
ON VERY SENSITIVE
 SKIN

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Our products' tolerance is verified on the most sensitive skin: reactive, allergic, acne-prone, atopic, damaged or weakened by cancer treatments.
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FORMULA PROTECTION
OVER TIME

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We select the most protective packaging associated with only the necessary preservatives, to guarantee intact tolerance and efficacy over time.

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.