On many bottles of kids suncream products, you’re likely to see terms like “UVA protection” used. Simply put, UVA (Ultraviolet A) is “long wavelength” - it’s a type of UV radiation that causes premature ageing and other skin issues. It can penetrate several layers of skin and lead to long-lasting damage - so ensuring that you have sunscreen to hand that protects against these kinds of rays is very important.
Quite often on kids suncream you’ll see a UVA star rating. This indicates how much protection you’re getting from UVA rays, in the same way that SPF levels do. UVA star ratings are ordered like so:
- One star - Minimum protection
- Two star - Moderate protection
- Three star - Good protection
- Four star - Superior protection
- Five star - Ultra protection
Of course, it makes sense to opt for a kids suncream that has five star protection - there is no reason to choose a product with a lower level of protection. And that is best paired with a high level SPF too.