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2nd July 2019

A guide to Sun Protection on Sports Day

How to stay sun safe on sports day!

As the summer holidays approach there’s always one day that kids and parents alike look forward to at the end of the school term, Sports Day. Whether you’re competing in the parents’ race or just being a spectator, here are our top tips for sun protection at this year’s sports day.

Apply and Reapply

Even though the UV index is usually at its highest in the midday hours1, UV rays are present at all times of the day, so it’s important to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before exposure to the sun. For children, we recommend the SunSense Kids range, which is perfect for kids aged 6 months and above, while for the teachers and parents we’d recommend SunSense Ultra. Both ranges offer broad-spectrum SPF50+ protection and are water-resistant, meaning that skin stays protected even if the weather changes. Once applied ensure you reapply every two hours, especially after sweating, exercising or toweling dry.

Keep drinking

It’s important to keep drinking water and stay hydrated, especially for those competing. Loss of fluids through sweating will need replacing.

Dress Right

Dressing appropriately in the sun can give more sun protection. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, make sure to wear the right clothing. Ideally wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved items to stay cool and help protect your skin from the UV rays.  . It’s important to protect your eyes and scalp from the sun, which make hats and sunglass vital.

Stay Shady

For both parents and children, try to stay in the shade as much as possible to reduce your exposure to UV radiation. This will also help you stay cooler, sweat less and help reduce your chances of sun damage. Remember that the UV index Is highest around midday, so be extra careful to stay shady during this period of the day.

Have Fun!

Remember sports day is supposed to be a fun day for both adults and children. We’d love to see your sports day pictures, share them with us across social media @SunSenseUK

  1. World Health Organisation. Ultraviolet Radiation (UV). [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 19]. Available from: https://www.who.int/uv/intersunprogramme/activities/uv_index/en/index1.html
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