With UK temperatures expected to reach highs of 26 degrees this weekend, Solar Buddies advise parents to be vigilant with sun safety
With the UK expecting a ‘mini-heatwave’ and temperatures of up to 26 degrees this weekend*, Solar Buddies is advising parents to take extra care with sun protection for little ones in the heat.
Solar Buddies, the roll on, child friendly, mess-free sunscreen applicator, has been designed by two mums who were concerned about sun safety for their children.
Kelli Aspland, one of the founders of Solar Buddies, commented: “The summer sun is starting to creep in and although this heatwave is due to be a short one, it’s really important that parents are quick on the sunscreen and keep topping up their little ones with cream throughout the day. Even if we go through cloudy or overcast periods, UV levels can still be high and we need to protect our children’s skin from these harmful rays.
“On top of this, the end of the school year is approaching and kids are often looking forward to school trips and activity weeks that can mean spending a lot of time out in the sun. Most kids hate applying sunscreen, but it’s really important to teach them about how to prevent painful sun damage and to regularly reapply sunscreen when they are outside. If you make it part of a daily routine from an early age, it will soon become embedded in their way of life.”
With seven children between them, Kelli Aspland and Laura Griffin devised the Solar Buddies after expressing concerns about how their children were protecting themselves against the sun during school hours. On top of creating a solution to allow kids to apply sunscreen independently, they also want to spread the message to parents and children alike that proper attention needs to be paid to sun cream habits.
Research conducted by the Met Office and NHS England** in 2017 found that 17% of parents with children under the age of 11 said their offspring had experienced painful sunburn four or more times in the past two years. The study also showed that there are still a number of myths surrounding sun protection for little ones – particularly in the UK sun.
Kelli and Laura have the following advice for mums looking to take their little ones out in the sun:
- Sunscreen lasts a deceptively short amount of time, so take care to apply cream 15 to 20 minutes before heading out and reapply every two hours.
- The British Association of Dermatologists recommends that 36 grams of sunscreen (six full teaspoons) is the minimum amount we should be applying to ourselves and our families before heading out in the sun.
- Most sunscreens have a star rating on them; this shows the percentage of UVA radiation absorption by the sunscreen, in comparison to the UVB. It’s important that when you are buying a sunscreen that you get a high star (4/5) rating, so that you are adequately protected from both UV rays, and a high SPF – ideally over 30, to stop nasty burns.
- If you’re buying a waterproof cream for that extra level of protection, it’s important to remember that towel drying and sweating can remove up to 85% of sunscreen. So, whether you wear waterproof sunscreen or not, it is important to reapply after swimming or exercise to maintain that coverage.
For more information, please visit www.solarbuddies.co.uk.