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How to protect your family’s skin this summer

Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto gives her top tips for protecting you and your family from the sun

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How to protect your family’s skin this summer

As soon as the sun shows its face, kids and grown ups have the habit of running straight outdoors to soak up those rays and enjoy the warmth.

But dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto wants to reminds us of the damage that the sun can cause if we don't prep and cover our skin accordingly - no matter our age.

Here are her top tips for riding out the heat wave while keeping you and your family's skin safe at the same time.

Factor this

Dr Anjali says: "Do you know your UVAs from your UVBs and SPFs? All that jargon can be a bit confusing, so here’s a quick breakdown…

"UVA: The more prevalent of the two types of sun ray, this can penetrate windows. It causes damage and premature ageing of the skin. 

"UVB: This ray has a shorter wavelength than UVA and causes burning. 

"SPF: The Sun Protection Factor shows how well a cream protects against UVB rays. SPF15 is fine for olive or darker skin, and SPF30 for most white skin. Increase to SPF50 for very fair skin."

A star rating shows the lotion’s UVA protection level; the more stars the better. As with all our suncreams, Asda Protect Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF30 has the highest UVA rating of five stars. And it comes in a mist for easy application – Asda Protect Refreshing Clear Sun Mist SPF30.

Child's play

Dr Anjali says: "Babies below the age of six months have little of the protective pigment melanin in their skin, which is also too sensitive for sunscreens, so they should not be left in direct sunlight*.

"For children over six months and adults, apply sunscreen generously 20 minutes before going out into the sun, reapplying throughout the day. This is especially important after perspiring or swimming. Some kids’ swimwear also offers UV protection."

When applying sunscreen to little ones, a coloured lotion like Asda Protect Kids Coloured Sun Lotion Spray SPF30 helps you to avoid missing tricky areas. For quick, easy coverage, try a roll-on like Asda Protect Kids Sun Lotion Roll On SPF50.

Suncream 101

Dr Anjali says: "Protecting your skin from the sun is the single most effective method for reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. Melanoma (a form of skin cancer) is the fifth most common cancer in the UK** and potentially very serious, so wearing sunscreen is important to help protect your skin."

For everyday protection, try Nivea Sun Face Shine Control which has a high SPF of 50. Or you can add a radiant glow to your complexion without hitting the rays by adding a few drops of St Moriz Tan Boosting Facial Serum to your daily moisturiser.

Make a splash

Dr Anjali says: "Water-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof; you’ll need to reapply sunscreen after you get out of the water to help prevent sun damage."

For children, try Nivea Sun Kids Pocket Size Sun Lotion SPF50+ – it’s a convenient size for family days out.

Stay safe

Dr Anjali says: "About 90% of skin ageing (including wrinkles, pigmentation, sunspots and reduced elasticity) occurs due to sun exposure. It’s really important 
to protect your skin every day!"

Try non-greasy, non-sticky Piz Buin 1 Day Long Sun Lotion SPF30.

Fake bake

Dr Anjali says: "The safest tan you can get is out of a bottle." So fake it beautifully with St Moriz Advanced Pro Formula Gradual Tan & Protect Cream.

Some hot hints to see you through the summer...

1. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, as sunburn can encourage fluid loss through the skin.

2. Get out of the sun. Cover up affected areas with loose cotton clothing, which allows your skin to breathe.

3. Take a cool bath. They’re not as harsh on the skin as showers, so are less likely to cause further damage. Opt for fragrance-free soaps and moisturisers to avoid irritation.

4. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory painkillers such as ibuprofen will reduce pain and help with any inflammation.

5. Moisturise! You need to get moisture back into your skin to prevent peeling. After-sun treatments with aloe vera will help cool and soothe the skin.
 

Planning for a summer in the sun? Make sure to stock up on everything you need, including our full range of suncreams and aftersun products, at Asda or pop into your local store.

*Source: nhs.uk

**Source: cancerresearchuk.org