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21st April 2020

Find Sunshine in Dark Times

These are extraordinary times and we all need to find things to take our minds off the news, especially if we are feeling particularly anxious.

As we continue to follow government guidelines and stay at home, one thing we’ve all come to realise is just how important it is to spend time outside in our gardens in the fresh air.

But are you ready for the warmer weather?

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When the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the kids are laughing, the outside world can feel like it’s a million miles away and in the run up to summer, we’ll all no doubt be making the most of our own outdoor spaces.

As we adapt to life on lockdown, our gardens are going to be used more than ever before and understandably, whilst you may have given some thought to mowing the lawn, sunscreen probably isn’t high up on your list of priorities.

Let’s face it, you have enough to worry about right now, but helping to protect your family’s skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays will become more of a concern in the coming weeks and months.

After all, the average UV index is above 4[1] in London from April to September and the sun is strong enough to damage the skin when it’s 3 or more[2], so it’s just as important to help protect your skin at home in the garden as it is when you’re on the beach abroad.

Top Tips

We want you to enjoy this time at home with your family as best you can, so whether you’re firing up the BBQ or cooling the kids off under the sprinkler, here are our top tips to help keep your family’s skin protected.

  • Apply a SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside
  • Re-apply every two hours or after swimming, sweating, exercise or towel drying
  • Seek shade where possible[3]
  • Keep cool and comfortable
  • Wear a hat with a broad brim3
  • Wear sunglasses to help protect your eyes[4]
  • Choose suitable, protective clothing such as a tightly woven t-shirt 3
  • Remember, it is still possible to burn on a cloudy day as 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud, even in the UK[5]

SunSense

Here at SunSense we want to assure our customers that we remain open for online orders.  The range is still available to buy at sunsense.co.uk, as well as on Amazon, Ocado, John Lewis, The Suncare Shop and Escentual Pharmacy. Our products are also available on prescription*^ and in pharmacies.

Made and tested in Australia, SunSense sunscreens provide the highest allowable SPF[6]* and offer both UVA and UVB protection.

The health and safety of our customers and staff remains paramount and following the government’s advice, we will be operating with a reduced team, whilst following guidance on social distancing and other hygiene matters. It may take longer than usual to respond to you but we are doing our utmost to support you at this challenging time and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

References

* SunSense Ultra SPF 50+ is available on prescription if your GP or dermatologist believes you have a clinical need for sunscreen.

[1]  Weather Atlas. Monthly weather forecast and climate London, United Kingdom 2020 [internet]. Retrieved 26/03/2020  Available from: www.weather-gb.com/en/united-kingdom/london-climate

[2]  Cancer Research UK. Do I have to worry about sunburn in the UK? 2020 [internet]. Retrieved 26/03/2020 Available from: www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/am-i-at-risk-of-sunburn

[3] Cancer Research UK. Ways to enjoy the sun safely. [Internet] Retrieved 14.04.2020. Available from: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/ways-to-enjoy-the-sun-safely-0

[4] NHS. Eye Safety [internet]. Retrieved 01/04/2020. Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/eye-safety-at-home-and-work/

[5] Cancer Research UK. Am I at risk of sunburn? [internet]. Retrieved 01/04/2020. Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/am-i-at-risk-of-sunburn

[6] Highest label claim allowed as per AS/NZS 2604:2012; Very High, SPF50+. Broad Spectrum. Excludes SunSense Sport Gel SPF50 and SunSense Sport Mist SPF50.

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