Sun Awareness Week 14th-20th May

This week is sun awareness week. There are two types of UV radiation that affect our skin - UVA and UVB. They both cause skin cancers, premature skin ageing and abnormal pigmentation. UVA rays penetrate deep into skin, damaging collagen and cause premature skin ageing. UVB rays are powerful rays and are primarily the cause of sunburn.

Want to prevent skin ageing? Apply sunscreen!

An Australian study, with 900 participants, researched daily use of sunscreen over 4½ years. Results showed those applying sunscreen demonstrated fewer signs of ageing and pre-skin cancers.

Protect your kids from the sun.

One of the best ways to protect your child's skin is to keep them covered with tightly-woven clothing, wide-brimmed hats and shades over prams or pushchairs. Set up your children's play areas in the shade. The sun is at its most intense between 11am and 3pm, so shade is most important during this time. As a general rule, children over six months old can have sunscreens SPF 50 with UVA protection.

Remember to stay sunscreen safe - #alittleSPFadaykeepsthewrinklesaway