The short answer is yes. Whether you have active kids who would spend their entire day outdoors if they could, or more introverted kids who prefer to stay indoors reading, skin cancer is a concern that all parents must understand. Doctors estimate that by the time your child is 18 years old, 80% of lifetime UV ray absorption has already occurred and according to Cancer Research UK, melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—is the second most common cancer in young people and the most prevalent form of cancer in the United States. Here’s what you need to know.
How the Sun and Sunburn Affects Skin
What exactly is sunburn? Sunburn is a sign that harmful UV rays have penetrated the skin, and mutated the DNA in your skin cells. What’s particularly interesting—and important—to know is that these mutations can occur long before any sign of a sunburn actually shows up on the skin: that red, burning tenderness and pain, which means your child’s skin could be sunburnt before they look sunburnt. And although some of your damaged skin cells will repair themselves and be good as new, other mutated DNA cells will remain, and over time, multiply and become more mutated, which ultimately can lead to skin cancer. Watch: https://dermalyouth.com/2016/11/01/the-burning-issue-sunburn-and-skin-cancer/
Every day, your children are exposed to UV rays that you might think do not have that much impact, but they do. For example, when they are walking to and home from the bus stop; outdoors with the dog or getting the mail; playing with their friends or walking around town with you to grab lunch; for sporting practices and while driving in the car. Even sitting in front of a bright, sunny window at school can leave them exposed which is why a daily skincare system for children that includes safe, effective sun protection is the best line of defense against unintended UV damage, and just as (or more) important than the zinc you slather over their noses and shoulders when at the beach or pool.
What You Can Do
Make daily skincare a regular habit for your kids and yourself. Kids learn a lot of what they should be doing by watching…and when they see you taking care of your skin with a regular regimen and daily application of sunscreen, they will also see these behaviors as a regular part of their day, like brushing their teeth. Along with the dentist, most parents are remarkably diligent about reinforcing tooth brushing as a regular part of their kid’s daily behavior. Daily skincare with SPF can be just as easy to reinforce. Considering the fact that with just five severe sunburns, children double their chances of getting skin cancer over time, and triple their chances of developing skin cancer with just one sunburn every two years, the effort of enforcing, cajoling, and insisting that your child follow their daily skincare routine is 100% worth it.
Products Formulated Specifically For Children
DermalYouth Skincare is designed specifically for kids, and keeps the unique needs of kid’s skin in mind. Our formulas are all dermatologist and pediatrician tested and recommended, and safe for children as young as 6 months old. They are made with a blend of supernatural fruit and botanical extracts you can trust, yet formulated to never feel sticky, heavy, or greasy. Plus, we’ve taken the guesswork out of knowing what products you should be using by creating the ultimate Day & Night Daily Children’s Skincare System that includes a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen, and a lightweight lotion for at night. Around the clock you can be sure you are protecting your children against the very real threat of skin cancer with a system that is backed by The Skin Cancer Foundation
It is essential for your children to learn to take care of their skin—like they do their teeth. Every morning and every night, we make it easy!