Children need more intensive sun protection than adults as their skin is not yet as developed and is therefore much more sensitive. Always make sure your child’s skin is protected and covered properly before they go out in the sun, and reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after intense physical activity or swimming.
People with very fair skin should take sun protection very seriously, and this is also true for acne or neurodermatitis patients, whose skin has been stressed by medication and usually reacts extremely sensitively to sunlight.
The more the skin is damaged by UV radiation, the greater the risk of skin damage later on in life. A good sunscreen for sensitive skin should be broad spectrum and protect equally against UVA and UVB radiation. The long-wave UVA rays penetrate deep into the connective tissue and damage the collagen, which is important for the skin’s elasticity. UVA rays are therefore largely responsible for skin premature ageing. Although short-wave UVB rays do not penetrate as deep into the skin, they are extremely aggressive and can cause sunburn very quickly.