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Children with darker skin tones have better natural protection against UV rays, but do they still require UV protection?

Yes, it is necessary.

UV rays are the cause behind sunburns. Skin turns red because the DNA of skin cells is damaged by harsh sunlight. As damage sets in, the cells break down and the damaged areas are unable to function properly, causing a change in the function of genes. If the sunburn is prolonged and extensive, cells may turn black or cancerous.

Children’s bodies have a more active breakdown of cells than adults. Therefore, they are more easily affected by exposure to the sun. It is recommended for children to apply UV protection.