Are you protecting yourself from the sun?Only 38% of parents apply sun cream to themselves

05 August 2014

Parents and children on beach

Only 38% of parents always apply sun cream to themselves

Parents are putting themselves at risk of skin cancer by forgetting to protect their own skin sun because they're concentrating on protecting their children's skin.

A new survey from Cancer Research UK reveals that 74% of parents with children under 18 make sure that their children wear sun cream with a factor of at least 15, whereas only 38% always apply it to themselves. 

Similarly 55% ensure their child spends time in the shade, but only 31% will do this for themselves.

Best Buy sun creams

Adults and children are advised to wear a sun cream with minimum protection factor of 15, alongside spending time in the shade and wearing hats and appropriate clothing, especially when the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm in the UK.

But even if parents apply sun cream, they may not be as well protected as they expect. Which? testing earlier this year revealed that not all sun creams are as protective as they claim to be - three popular brands failed to offer the level of protection listed on the bottle. 

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Don't Buy sun creams

Which? used British Standard tests to assess the level of sun protection factor (SPF) and UVA protection of 15 sun creams claiming to have an SPF of 30. 

Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion SPF 30 and Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Sun Fluid SPF30 both failed our SPF test twice, while Malibu Protective Lotion SPF 30 failed both the SPF and UVA tests twice.

We named these products Don't Buys as we don't think they offer the level of protection you would expect when buying them.

You can watch our video to find out more about how we test sun creams.


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