Health

The sun protection tips you need right now!

Make the most of summer with our bite-size guide to sun protection
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Do…

Use at least two teaspoons of sunscreen to cover your head, arms and neck.

Use at least two tablespoons to cover your body when wearing a swimsuit. 

Cover up with long, loose clothing and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm,
when the sun is at its strongest in the UK. 

Don’t…

Leave your sunglasses at home: eyelid skin cancer accounts for 5%-10% of all skin cancers. 

Fret about not getting enough vitamin D – using sunscreen won’t affect this. 

Trust a cloudy day: even then, up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth,
so you still risk skin damage.

Who, what, when and where

Who: everyone under the sun (that includes you!).

What: at least SPF30.

When: every day, applied 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and every two hours after that.

Where: all exposed skin.

Leg it

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your pins. This is where most women get melanoma, because they tend to neglect them. (For men, it’s their backs.)

86 per cent

… of melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable, according to Cancer Research UK. For protection, we love Soltan Once Advanced 8HR Protect Suncare Lotion SPF50+: its
five-star U
VA rating* offers the highest level of protection against UVA rays, which cause premature skin ageing, as well as protecting against sunburn.

Under 50 per cent

… of UK parents reapply sunscreen to their kids every one to two hours (the recommended time). Soltan Kids UV Detection Learn To Reapply Stickers, act as a handy prompt,
as they change
colour on the skin when sunscreen wears off. Plus, one sticker lasts all day.

 

*Other brands not displaying a star-rating symbol may still offer high levels of UVA protection.