The summer holidays are now well underway with children from Land’s End to John O’Groats spending more time outside, enjoying their 6 weeks off school. With warm weather forecast for August, a natural concern for most parents is ensuring their children are protected against harmful rays. However, the British summer can be very unpredictable so while it’s good to prepare for hot weather, we also need to be ready for cloudy and dull weather.
There has been lots of controversy in the media around whether teachers should implement the ‘no touching rule’ in schools and refrain from any physical contact with children.
This has been hotly debated and many parents have raised their concerns around how these rules could affect their children’s sun safety.
Once a Day sunscreens have been around for many years but they have only recently come under the spotlight. Some people have ardently defended the efficacy of the products. However, others claim that they offer a false sense of security, thereby exposing you to a greater risk of sunburn.
We all know that this time of year can be very hit and miss when it comes to the weather. However, despite being early in the year, spring can nevertheless be a good time to think about your tanning regime. For many, it’s the ideal time to ditch the bottled tan and embrace the ‘au naturel’ look.
Of course you can.
Clouds don’t prevent all UVA / UVB radiation from reaching the earth’s surface. They are not a shield to UV rays. They may reduce or at times intensify radiation depending on circumstances, but all-in-all; they are and never will be a shield to UV radiation.
With summer feeling like a distant memory, it’s time to start thinking about our winter holidays. For many of us that means dusting off the skis and hitting the slopes.
The warmer weather is here and the summer holidays are just around the corner, so now is the perfect opportunity to educate the next generation about sun safety. Let’s empower our kids so that they can have fun in the sun without the worry of damaging their delicate skin.
Today, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new sun care advice. Among its many recommendations, it stated that there is no safe or healthy way to get a tan from sunlight. The health watchdog’s latest guidance also states that an existing tan provides little sun protection. It recommends using at least an SPF30 sun cream, with adults urged to use 6-8 teaspoons (35ml) per application.
The UVA star rating system allows the customer to see the level of protection that each sunscreen offers from UVA rays. The sunscreens that offer the minimum level of protection are given one star while those providing the maximum level are given five stars. The UVA star rating demonstrates the percentage of UVA radiation that has been absorbed by that particular sunscreen compared to UVB.