DO you struggle when it comes to fully applying suncream on your kids?
A mum has come up with a very clever and easy hack which makes the application much simpler, and helps to ensure they are better protected.
Mum Kamry Vincent, from Kentucky, shared her trick in a video, and it has racked up over 100,000 likes.
She said: “Best way to apply sunscreen.
“Use a cheap foundation brush.
“The brush makes it easier to apply fast and evenly.”
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In the clip she showed herself applying the suncream to the foundation brush first, before wiping the brush over her baby.
She added: “Share this hack with a mama!”
Many parents were impressed with the hack and said they wanted to try.
One said: “Genius.”
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Another added: “I do this too. The kids tolerate it so much better and my hands don’t get all greasy.”
And a third wrote: “That’s a good idea for adults I’d say too!”
Children, and especially babies, require extra protection compared to grown-ups.
This is because their skin is more sensitive than adult skin and can become damaged if it is repeatedly exposed to sunlight.
But do we need to buy specific sunscreen targeted at kids? Experts say, no.
Matthew Gass from the British Association of Dermatologists told the Sun Online: “When it comes to sunscreen, more expensive doesn’t mean better, you want a sunscreen which meets our recommendations, but that still leaves you with a wide array of choice.
"The key is to find the sunscreen that your children are happiest with being slathered in.
"This is tricky, but there can be quite a difference in the ‘feel’ of different products so it is worth seeing if you can find one that your children prefer.”
It's not just during the summer holidays or in hot countries that we need to make sure children are slathered in sun lotion.
From March to October, kids should be covered up with suitable clothing and wearing at least factor 30 sunscreen, he said.
It's vital to make sure the sunblock is effective against both UVA and UVB – so you're looking for the stars and the factor on the packaging.
The SPF is what protects from UVB – or sunburn – while UVA is the protection from sun damage all-year round.
A three-star rated product will offer between 60-79 per cent protection from UVA, while four star offers 80-89 per cent.
Of course, a five-star rated product offers the highest protection, between 90 and 100 per cent, offering maximum peace of mind.
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Infants under six months should always be kept out of direct sunlight.
Mr Gass added: “A baby’s skin can burn within minutes, which is why it’s so important to keep them out of direct sunlight."
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