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If there’s one thing that sucks about summer, it’s sunburn.

Trying to get kids to wear sunscreen or practice sun safety can be tricky. It is really important to instill sun safe practices in your kids from an early age.

According to NIVEA’s skincare expert Robyn Hutch there are two types of harmful UV rays emitted from the sun, which both cause damage to the skin.

“In a nutshell, UVA rays age the skin as they are able to reach the deeper layers and UVB rays burn the skin as they interfere with the very top layer of skin,” Robyn says. “The skin is susceptible to sun damage when not protected, which can lead to skin damage.”

Skin damage is more than just sunburn as it can lead to skin cancer. According to the Cancer Council two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70, with more than 750,000 people treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers in Australia each year.

The easiest way for you and your kids to avoid skin cancer is to ensure you practice and enforce good sun safety habits.

Top tips to keep your kids sun safe this summer

According to Robyn, sun safety is not just about sunscreen and the best thing parents can do is to lead by example. These are her top tips for ensuring your kids are sun safe this summer.

  • Parents can help their children to understand the importance of staying in the shade during the hottest part of the day (which is typically between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
  • Reapply sun care products at least every two hours to maintain the sun protection level
  • Make sure they know to combine sunscreen with sun-protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses

Top three sunscreens

NIVEA Protect & moisture moisturizing sunscreen lotion SPF50+

With broad spectrum sun protection and a moisturising formula, this sunscreen both guards against harmful UV rays and nourishes your skin.

$10.99

Little Innoscents Natural Sun Lotion SPF30+

This organic sunscreen is made just to protect babies and toddlers.

$19.99

Cancer Council Ultra Sunscreen SPF 50+

The Cancer Council’s traditional sunscreen has an advanced formula for extra UV protection and is water resistant for four hours.

$13.99

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