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                                    Sunny Day Questions and Our Answers.
Sun safety is so important for every member of the family, to keep them all healthy and happy on sunny days.
Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions to make sure you get it right.
 

  • Do I need to wear sunscreen ?

    The short answer is yes. If you’re planning to spend some time in the sun you definitely should, but even on cloudy days the sun’s UV rays can get through to cause sunburn. If you’re inside it’s not as crucial, but you should be aware that UV rays can burn even through glass (so if you’re next to a window or in a conservatory, it’s a yes!).

  • How much sunscreen do I need ?

    Most people don’t apply as much sunscreen as they should. According to the NHS, adults should aim to put on 2 teaspoons of sunscreen to cover the head, arms and neck, or 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your entire body while swimming, for example. If you apply it too thinly the protection level’s reduced, so it should be applied frequently and liberally.

  • Is sunscreen safe for babies ?

    Babies under 6 months have very sensitive skin, so the best way to stop them getting sunburnt is by keeping them in the shade rather than using sunscreen. With children older than 6 months you should apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands. Children should also spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm.

  • What's the best SPF to use ?

    That depends on the strength of the sun and how long you’re planning to be in direct sunlight, but generally the recommendation is at least SPF30 for adequate protection against UVB rays and at least 4-star UVA protection. You should also wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest.

  • Does SPF affect how long the sunscreen protects your skin ?

    Yes. SPF ratings go from 2 to 50+, and the higher the number the stronger the protection. The SPF is based on how long it would take your skin to burn using the sunscreen versus the amount of time without any at all. For example, if your skin would take 10 minutes to start burning, SPF 30 sunscreen increases that by 30 times – to 300 minutes. However, the sun can dry the sunscreen off your skin, so it should be reapplied after about two hours.

  • Does sunscreen go out of date ?

    Yes. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years, after which you should replace them.

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