UVA Star Rating System
WHAT IS THE UVA STAR RATING SYSTEM? WHAT IS THE UVA STAR RATING SYSTEM?
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.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE UVA STAR RATING?
Most sunscreens in the United Kingdom feature the UVA star rating system on the back of their packaging, but they are not available on all sunscreens as they are a retailer initiative.
Our Calypso sun creams do not provide a UVA star rating but they do come with the UVA symbol circled on the packaging. This shows the customer that the product complies with EU recommendations.
IS THE UVA STAR RATING RELIABLE?
The UVA star rating is not completely reliable. This is the reason why some sunscreens do not have it on their packaging. The supposed level of protection that the product offers can be misleading as a sunscreen with a low SPF may come with several stars indicating a high level of UVA protection. However, this is not the case as the ratio between the UVA and UVB protection is almost the same. You would need to have a SPF30 sunscreen that comes with at least a 4-star UVA rating to avoid sunburn.
HOW CAN I ENSURE THAT MY SUN CREAM IS OFFERING ME THE MAXIMUM LEVEL OF PROTECTION?
It is essential to buy a sunscreen that has a high SPF and comes with the UVA symbol. You should also do some research online to see which sunscreens have undergone independent tests by credible third parties. Our Calypso sun lotion SPF30 has been chosen as the Which? “Best Buy Sunscreen” two years in a row. Our other sun care products come recommended by the Independent and the Telegraph.
For more information about UVA and UVB rays and advice about how to protect your skin in the sun, please see our sun safety factsheet.