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Your skin type affects how easily you sunburn. But sun protection measures should be used for babies, small children, and older adults no matter what their skin type. Their skin is very sensitive to sunburn.
Keep babies younger than 12 months out of the sun. If you cannot avoid the sun, use sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat that covers the back of the neck, and clothing to protect your child's skin. Put sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) on your child before he or she goes outside. Do not use sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old.
Lightest skin, red hair, freckles (extremely sensitive)
You sunburn easily and are not likely to tan.
Very light skin, blue eyes (very sensitive)
You usually sunburn easily and tan a little.
Light skin (sensitive)
You sunburn sometimes and tan slowly.
Light brown skin (moderately sensitive)
You sunburn a little and usually tan well.
Brown skin (minimally sensitive)
You rarely sunburn, and you tan deeply.
Very dark skin (not sensitive)
You almost never sunburn.
Adaptation Date: 3/22/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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