What Sun Protection Do I Use?

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Melanie Brown

I have to say I really do get confused with which sun protection to use for my children. It also doesn't help when you aren't getting accurate recommendations on what's the best product to use. If you've been listening to today’s news, you've probably heard about two well-known brands of sun protection products not doing their job. This is really quite dangerous as customers are left exposed to harmful sun rays which can lead to permanent skin damage.  

During Easter, I went on holiday with my children. I have an obsession about protecting their skin with the right products, so I spent a great deal of time covering them from head to toe. They didn't like it one little bit and thought it was hilarious as I chased them first around the apartment to put it on, and then again around the swimming pool each time they got out.

However, this year they had a miserable time with the sun and in particular my eldest as she was burnt. She spent a lot of time in the pool and when she did come out, I reapplied a lot of “water resistant” sun cream with an “SPF of 30”. It made me wonder if this sale description was really true when she started showing signs of redness on her face.

I think my whole lesson from this experience was before you buy any sun protection product, take a serious look at the quality of the ingredients.  SPF indicates protection from UVB rays and not UVA, however both kinds of ray are damaging to the skin.   There really needs to be a UVA blocker in products combined with UVB ingredients to prevent sunburn.

Look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, with some combination of UVA-screening ingredients and hopefully you will enjoy your holiday, sunburn free!

Always ask your GP or a good pharmacist for their recommendations.

Posted in SPF, Sun Protection, Sunscreen, UVA, UVB