Channel 5 Shop Smart 23rd May 2019 and Daily Mail Saturday 1st June 2019 states latest NHS guildlines – we need to use 2 tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume ‘. If just covering our head arms and neck then 2 teaspoons is enough.
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied liberally and frequently to get the right amount of protection. The higher the number should give greater protection.
Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears – and head if you have thinning or no hair – but a wide-brimmed hat is better.
The shop smart program had a very good clip to show how some people were not applying sunscreen all over the face.
A consumer survey for the Channel 5 Shop Smart: Save Money compared the sunscreen based on several factors, starting with their star rating. Sunscreen can be rated out of five stars, with five meaning ‘ultra’ – the best level of protection there is. The show looked into six sunscreens, all with an SPF – Sun Protection Factor – of 30. They compared six brands: Nivea Sun, Garnier Ambre Solaire, Piz Buin, Boots, Superdrug and Aldi. It was found that the discount sunscreen from Aldi protects much better against UVAs (ultraviolet A-rays) than products from Nivea or Garnier, and for less than half of their price.
The TV show also mentioned PizBuin was the first company to investigate how to stop getting sunburnt when climbing a mountain!!
It was reported that when it comes to protecting your skin in the sun, many consumers are inclined to turn to the big brands to make sure they’re choosing a reliable products.
So take care in the sun. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and repeat regularly.