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3rd September 2019

Back-to-school sun protection tips

Our top tips for sun protection during term-time!

As summer draws to a close and the new school year starts, sun protection may not be high on the list of priorities when it comes to getting our little ones back-to-school-ready.

However, despite the unpredictable British weather, it’s important to help protect children’s skin from sun damage as 80% of UV can penetrate cloud cover.[1]

All skin types are at risk of lasting damage from the sun,[2] therefore it’s vital to protect skin from an early age. After all, damage to the DNA in skin cells from ultraviolet light can happen years before a cancer develops.[3]

Applying sunscreen at home before your children head off to school will help protect vulnerable skin from potentially harmful UV rays – although it’s important they re-apply every two hours throughout the day,[4] and especially after sweating while playing and running around. SunSense Kids comes in a handy, child-friendly roll-on which is perfect to pop into a school bag and is easy for them to apply themselves with adult supervision – ideal for encouraging little hands to put it on at break times in nursery or school!

Furthermore, providing your child with a sunhat to take to school with them is a great way to help protect the whole face and head during playground breaks. We understand here at SunSense that encouraging your little one to wear a hat can be challenging, so it might be worth making their teacher aware that they have one in their school bag.

Sunglasses are also ideal for offering eye protection – they should state that they block out 100% of UVA and UVB rays for maximum protection.

Mum of two, and Mudpie Friday’s blogger, Clare, spoke to us about teaching her children good sunscreen habits as part of her SunSense pledge.

Do you have any top tips for keeping little ones sun-safe at school? Tweet us or share on our Facebook page @SunSenseUK.



[1] Cancer Research UK, Am I at risk of sunburn? (Internet) 2017 (citied 2019 August 27)  Available from:

[2]Skin Cancer Foundation,  Skin Types and At-Risk Groups (Internet) 2019 (citied 2019 August 27) Available from:

[3] Cancer Research UK, Risks and causes (Internet) 2017 (citied 2019 August 27) Available from:

[4] NHS, Sunscreen and sun safety (Internet) 2019 (citied 2019 August 27) Available from:


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