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Sunscreen Guide

Sunscreen Guide

Now the sun’s making a bigger appearance, it’s important you protect your skin by rubbing in the sunscreen. Read this handy guide before heading into the sunshine to ensure your whole family has optimum protection.

Look out for UVAs and UVBs
Sunscreen is a must when out in the sun but it has to be suitable for your skin type and block both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. The sunscreen should have the letters "UVA" in a circle logo and at least 4-star UVA protection. You need a sunscreen with a SPF15 minimum to protect against UVB.


Know your SPFs
The sun protection factor, or SPF, indicates the amount of UVB protection. The higher the number, the greater the protection. In the UK, UVA protection is measured with a star rating ranging from 0 to 5 stars. The higher the number of stars, the greater the protection.

Watch the water
Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you've been in water, even if it is "water-resistant", and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off. That’s because water washes off sunscreen, and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you're not getting burned. Water also reflects UV rays, increasing your exposure.

Sunscreens for children
Babies and children should wear a sunscreen of at least SPF15 because their skin is more sensitive than adults. Also, consider sunscreens that are formulated for children and babies' skin as these are less likely to irritate. Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.

For more helpful sun safety advice visit the NHS website here.

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