Founded by a Dermatologist, Badawii is not only about fashion, it is essentially about protecting the skin of our little ones from the harmful effects of UV rays and showing them how to practice safe sun.
This is so important to us that we included our message in all our sun protective clothes: PROTECT YOUR SKIN.
This section intends to raise awareness on how important it is for your children to be protected from the sun at an early age. We know it is not always easy, that is why we included this very important section at the top of our store to give you essential information about sun protection, things to avoid while staying in the sun and guidelines to practice safe sun.
Did you know it only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life?
It is very important for parents to do everything they can to protect their kids from the sun’s harmful UV rays and teach them healthy sun care habits – starting at an early age.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. Unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. The good news is that when caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
In order to help parents solve their doubts, we have included below some of the questions most frequently asked to our founder, Dr. Micaela Churruca - Dermatologist.
Sun protection FAQs
Rates of skin cancer—including melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer—continue to rise, even in young people. Melanoma is among the most common forms of cancer for young adults 15-29.
Sunscreen is just one form of protection against the harmful effect of UV radiation. Strategies such as seeking shade and dressing children in sun-protective clothing are just as important. A bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence doubles the risk of melanoma later in life, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Academy of Dermatology.
In addition, since skin cancer is highly treatable when detected early, Badawii encourages you to perform regular skin self-exams using the ABCDEs of melanoma. If you notice any new spots on your skin, spots that are different from others, or spots that are changing, itching, or bleeding, contact a dermatologist.
Young skin is delicate, thinner, and produces less melanin, a skin protecting pigment. Ultra violet (UV) rays reach the skin’s pigment producing melanin cells, called melanocytes, and cause DNA damage to the skin.
Parents need to be extra vigilant about sun protection all the time. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life.
Babies and children of all skin colors need sun protection. While people who have dark skin tones develop far fewer skin cancers than those who have light skin tones, when they do develop skin cancers, they’re more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and have worse outcomes.
To protect your kid’s skin from the sun's harmful UV rays and reduce your risk you should:
- Dress your children in sun-protective clothing with UPF labeling and make sure your baby always wears a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
- Keep your kids in the shade. Shade is the best way to shield your baby from the sun, especially if he or she is younger than six months old. Remember that the sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4m.
- Apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all skin not covered by clothing.
- Minimize sunscreen use on children younger than six months old. However, if shade and adequate clothing are not available, parents and caretakers may apply a minimal amount of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to their children’s skin. Sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are less likely to irritate a baby’s sensitive skin. Remember to reapply your child’s sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
- Stay safe on hot days. Make sure your baby does not get overheated and drinks plenty of fluids. If your baby is fussy, crying excessively or has redness on any exposed skin, take him or her indoors immediately.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following when using sunscreen on babies and toddlers:
Children younger than 6 months of age: Protect their skin from the sun by keeping them in the shade and dressing them in long-sleeved shirts, pants, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. Take care, of course, to prevent overheating. If possible, avoid using sunscreen on these children.
Children 6 months of age and older: Use a sunscreen that:
- Contains one or both of these active ingredients: titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These ingredients are less likely to irritate a baby's sensitive skin.
- Does NOT contain fragrance, oils, PABA, or active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens, which can irritate sensitive skin
- Is hypoallergenic
Remember, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect your skin. In addition, seek shade and wear sun-protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.
Each of these protects your skin differently and contains different active ingredients.
Chemical sunscreens: These sunscreens work as a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays. Look for one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. This formulation tends to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue.
Physical sunscreens: These sunscreens work like a shield; They sit on the surface of your skin, deflecting the sun’s rays. Look for the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin, for children below 2 years old and for pregnant women. Some sunscreens use both types of active ingredients, so they contain one or more active ingredient found in physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. If you have concerns about certain sunscreen ingredients, use the information above to choose an alternative that works for you. As long as it’s broad-spectrum, water-resistant and has an SPF 30 or higher, it can effectively protect you from the sun. Make sure you reapply it every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
Here are our best tips to apply sunscreen:
- Water and perspiration reduce the SPF value of many sunscreens—even those that are water-resistant—so be sure to reapply the product often.
- Sunscreen sprays may not work as well to prevent sunburn. The concern is twofold: that not enough sunscreen makes it onto the skin, and that the spray may be inhaled into the lungs.
- If your baby is taking medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist if the medications increase your baby’s skin sensitivity to the sun or aggravate sunburns or rashes. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, antihistamines, and antidepressants are among the commonly used drugs that can increase sensitivity to the sun's rays.
- Experts estimate that about half of the recommended amount of sunscreen is applied on their children. Read the product’s usage instructions to make sure you are using the proper amount.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before your child will be exposed to the sun.
- Reapply sunscreen regularly and at least every 2 hours. Repeat application more often if your child is swimming or sweating.
- Use sunscreen even if it is cloudy outside. Clouds don't absorb or block UV radiation.
Sun protective clothing and Sunglasses FAQs
Clothing is the single most effective form of sun protection. It is our first line of defense against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Clothing made with sun-protective fabrics differs from typical summer fabrics in several ways.
They have a label listing the garment's Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) value. The UPF label will help you identify sun-protective garments. The number on the label indicates what fraction of the sun’s rays can penetrate the fabric. The higher the UPF, the higher the protection.
A fabric with the minimum recommended UPF rating of 20 allows 1/20th of the sun's UV radiation to pass through it. This means that this fabric will reduce your skin's UV radiation exposure by 20 times where it's protected by the fabric. The more intense the hue, the better the UV defense—dark or bright colors, absorb more UVR than white.
Children under age 10 are at a high risk for skin and eye damage from UVR. The skin on their eyelids and around their eyes is more delicate and vulnerable than adult skin, and until about age 10, the lens of a child's eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and thus greater UVR—induced ocular changes.
Retinal exposure to UVR is associated with cataracts and macular degeneration, both causes of vision impairment. UVR damage builds over time, so the sooner you start protecting your children's eyes from the sun, the lower their risk will be of ever developing future eye problems. Fortunately, good sunglasses protect both the skin around the eye and the eye itself.
While children under 6 months old should never be exposed to the sun, once they reach 6 months, they should wear sunglasses outside. If they require prescription glasses, they should also wear prescription sunglasses. Keep these rules in mind when buying sunglasses for children:
- Find glasses that block 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Buy ones that indicate the percentage of UVR protection they provide. The more skin covered, the better, so look for large, wraparound styles.
- Use playground-proof lenses. Kids run, trip, fall, and bounce off objects at alarming speed. Their sunglasses should match this active lifestyle. Find impact-resistant, scratch-proof lenses that don't pop out of the frames. Avoid glass lenses, unless recommended by a doctor; plastic is safer. Frames should be bendable but unbreakable. Make sure the glasses fit snugly, close to the face.
As you head outdoors for warmer weather and fresh air, Badawii encourages you to practice Safe Sun.
Please remember that unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.