The KINeSYS community is full of people who are passionate about staying active outdoors. It’s a love that we share with our children, and long summer days are spent exploring trails, playing "Marco Polo" in the pool, down at the beach, or picnicking at local parks.
As parents we want to empower our children to play and grow in the outdoors, while also staying safe. When it comes to sun protection this is often more easily said than done.
Wriggly kids, bursting with excitement to explore, often won’t stand still long enough for proper sunscreen application, or simply don’t like the feel of it. KINeSYS is a small family owned brand, we’re parents too, and we’ve done the sunscreen wrestle more times than we can count. In this SPF Blog we’ll discuss the most effective ways to keep the whole family safe from UV exposure, including the best sunscreen for your kids.
Top 4 Tips for Protecting Kids from Sun Exposure
KINeSYS are big advocates for 365 Sunscreen, because sun exposure can be damaging all year round. But in summer sun protection is 100% essential. Here are the top 4 ways to protect kids from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Check the UV levels
Before heading outdoors for adventures and play be sure to check the day’s expected UV levels (yes, even if it’s cloudy!!). Experts suggest that UV levels of 3 or higher pose a risk. So, even if levels appear to be low, it’s important to factor sun protection into your day.
Seek shade and time your outings
Where possible, avoid being in the sun at the peak UV hours of the day. Early mornings and early evenings are the best time to be outdoors during summer. When it’s not possible to time your outings for lower UV levels, be sure to seek shade when you can. If playing in the park or heading outside for a picnic, nothing beats the shade of a tree. Taking an umbrella to the beach is another great way to offer some shade to the kids when they’re having a rest.
Be sure to pack a hat and sun-safe shirt for the kids when heading outdoors, and remember to lead by example. If the plan is to enjoy the beach or go swimming, a sun shirt or ‘rash vest’ is a great option. These are lightweight and won’t weigh down your kids in the water. It’s always a good idea to keep a couple of spares handy too, just in case clothing gets dirty, wet, or lost.
Sunscreen: Apply, reapply and reapply again
Finally, use a quality sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30. Be sure to apply 20 minutes before your kids head out into the sun, then reapply at least every 2 hours. If the kids are in the water, or sweating, be aware that sunscreen will rub off and lose its efficacy. Use a water and sweat resistant sunscreen, and reapply every 80 minutes, or as directed on the label. Also be sure to reapply after they’ve toweled off from a swim, or even after they’ve been wiping their faces when sweating.
Sunscreen can only be effective if it’s on the skin – so apply, reapply, and reapply again!
KINeSYS SPF 30 Clear Zinc is a favourite among kids. This revolutionary product is great for sensitive skin, as it contains all-natural ingredients, and is non-comedogenic, so won’t block pores or cause irritation. It’s lightly scented with peppermint and rosemary, and easy to apply as it goes on white and rubs in clear.
No matter how your kids play, KINeSYS sunscreen will keep the whole family safe from the sun.
What Our Customers Say About Our Sunscreen
“I burn easily and am sensitive to scents – this is why KINeSYS is the best sunscreen!” – Alana M.
“Our family loves KINeSYS sunscreen. It’s light, easy to apply and feels great on your skin. Can highly recommend it.” – Diana P.
“My 5yr old is a total KINeSYS fan! She now insists on having either the spray sunscreen or ‘one that smells like peppermint’ (SPF 30 Zinc). Thanks for making our sun routine so enjoyable.” - Nell G.