Sun safety advice for parents

Sun safety advice for parents

If your children are going to be spending time on the beach this summer, in the garden or park, remember their skin is more delicate than adults and can easily be damaged by the sun, even when it doesn’t seem strong.

Skin damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life. Therefore, it's extremely important to protect their skin. 

The British Skin Foundation has put together materials for you to download to equip you with the knowledge you need to protect your child(ren) from the sun.

Remember to set your child(ren) a good example by also following this advice, so your whole family can have a sun safe summer.

Trends for using high factor sunscreen in both the UK and abroad

  • Of those who use sunscreen in the UK, three in five people are using SPF 30 or higher.  More than three quarters of those surveyed who use sunscreen abroad opt for SPF30 or higher – both in line with British Skin Foundation guidelines.
  • Seven out of ten of people surveyed with children use SPF 30 or higher on them in the UK. Only one in ten parents do not put sunscreen on their children in the UK at all.
  • Some three quarters of parents use SPF30 or higher on their children when abroad. Less than one in ten of people opt not to use sunscreen on their children whilst abroad.

Dr Anjali Mahto, Consultant Dermatologist & British Skin Foundation spokesperson says:

“It’s vitally important to protect the skin from harmful UV rays both at home and abroad. Also remember to protect children’s skin as sun damage in childhood can lead to problems – such as skin cancer – later in life.”

For more information visit the British Skin Foundation.

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Published on 27 July 2020