Children’s Skincare

How many times do we wonder as parents whether we do the right thing with regards to our children’s skincare. I have asked myself lots of questions over the years and done some research, checked with experts and here are some answers on skincare that are simple enough be explained to kids too.

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What makes birthmarks? Will they go away?

Nobody really knows what makes birthmarks or why some kids have small birthmarks and others have bigger ones. They just seem to happen. Some birthmarks do fade or seem to go away as you get older. This depends, though, on what kind of birthmark it is.

If you are worried about your children’s birthmark, talk to your GP about it or a dermatologist. The skin doctor can tell you if there are ways to make a birthmark fade or become lighter.


What happens when you get a sunburn?

Any time your skin tans or burns, it’s a sign that it has been damaged by the ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are produced by the sun and tanning beds. The change in color comes from something in your skin called melanin. It’s what gives your skin its color. It’s there to protect you. When your body senses your skin being damaged by the sun’s rays, it produces more melanin to try and protect your skin from being damaged even more. This happens whether you have dark skin or light skin.

Why do some people have freckles?

If you have light-colored skin, it’s very possible you’ll have freckles, especially during the summer when you are playing outside. This is because of melanin, something in your skin that gives it color and tries to protect it from the sun. When your body senses your skin being damaged by the sun’s rays, it produces more melanin to try and protect your skin from being damaged even more. Sometimes this is an all-over color like a sunburn or tan, and sometimes it’s small patches of freckles.

What’s the difference between a freckle and a mole?

Freckles, which are usually brown and flat, are a sign of extra melanin, the stuff in your skin that gives it color. Making more melanin is one of the ways your skin protects itself from the sun. Getting too much sun can make freckles appear.

You can be born with a mole, but you also can get moles as you grow up. A mole is an area of your skin where the pigment (a fancy way to say color) has clumped together. Some moles are bigger than freckles and can be completely flat or raised above your skin like a little bump. Moles can range in color from light tan to almost black. They can also be pink, red or even blue!

And finally watch this funny video commissioned by Sudocream (one of my favourite skin care range of products for the whole family) of the kids talking about their bruises and skin injuries as if they were mobs. I absolutely love it!!!

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