December 19, 2018
Did you know that a childs skin is different to an adults skin?
Although their skins usually heal faster with minor injuries, their skins are still very delicate and should be protected as much as possible.
Their epidermis or outer layer can be 20% thinner than an adults, which can makes it more fragile and sensitive.
Their skins barrier function is not yet fully developed (it may take until the age of 12) and so it can be more prone to irritation from external irritants and loses water easily so it can become dry and irritated very quickly.
Their skins also absorb ingredients more readily than an adults so irritation can occur with the use of products which are highly fragranced (i.e. body lotions), or high foam products (i.e. bubble bath) or chemical based sunscreens instead of physical based (zinc oxide sunscreens).
Their skin is also very susceptible to sunburn and it is a proven fact that a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns. Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by about 40% and the risk of developing melanoma by 50%. (www.skincancer.org/)
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