We absolutely love the British summer when it’s hot and sunny – it’s just a shame that it never seems to last long enough! With it being Sun Awareness Week this week (8th – 14th May), we thought now would be a great time to start thinking about protecting our skin to prevent sunburn and skin damage. With so many sun protection products out there, it can be hard to know which is best for you and your family. That’s why we’ve pulled together this handy little guide, helping you to have fun in the sun, for longer!

Select your SPF

The most important thing to consider when choosing a sun protection product is the SPF. It stands for Sun Protection Factor and it’s what protects your skin from burning as a result of the sun’s UVB rays. The higher the SPF, the longer you’ll be protected for in the sun.

After applying sun cream, you can work out how long you’ll be protected for by following this simple calculation:

Number of minutes it takes you to burn x SPF level = Number of minutes of protection

For example, if you usually burn after 10 minutes in the sun without sunscreen, wearing an SPF30 will protect you for up to 300 minutes, or 5 hours. Check out the table below for a rough SPF guide.

Choosing the right sun protection

Look for both UVA and UVB coverage

We’ve mentioned that UVB rays cause sunburn, but did you know it’s the UVA rays that cause long term skin damage and premature ageing? Look for sun protection with a maximum five-star rating against skin damage caused by UVA rays, so you can be reassured that you’re getting the best protection available.

The Wilko sun protection range offers effective UVB and five-star UVA protection, and we now show the protection level on the front of the pack so it’s easy to see. Also, it’s great value so won’t burn a hole in your pocket! Click here to read the Daily Mail’s review of our Wilko Moisturising Sun Lotion SPF50, where they give it a fantastic 9/10.

Are sprays superior or are lotions cream of the crop?

The best thing about sun sprays is that they’re easy to apply. Also, they help prevent your hands getting greasy from rubbing cream in. Our clear sprays are quick drying, ideal for sports and being active in the sun. Great for people that are less likely to smother themselves in sun lotion, our clear sprays help provide the protection you need in the sun.

Lotions and creams tend to be more hydrating, which is good if you’ve got dry skin. Whilst the ingredients are likely to be the same in sprays and lotions, some people may not use as much of the spray as they would the lotion, making it less effective.

Should you opt for sensitive?

If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to choose a suncare product that won’t cause you any irritation – so you can enjoy your time in the sun knowing you’re giving your skin optimum protection, whilst reducing the risk of sun induced allergies and rashes.

We’ve specially developed a sensitive range by taking out ingredients which can cause irritation and allergies, whilst still being formulated to moisturise the skin. Dermatologically tested and approved, the range is available in SPF30 and SPF50 and is free from colours, preservatives and fragrance.

Looking after your little one in the sun

Generally, sun protection for children uses an extra sensitive formulation which is ideal for your child’s delicate skin. You’ll find products are often extra water resistant and dermatologically tested – so your kids can play longer in the water while you have the reassurance that they are still protected. Our Kids Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF50+ provides a very high level of protection, as well as being fragrance, preservative and colour free – it’s even suitable for babies!

Our fantastic Wilko range features a variety of sun protection products to suit you and your family, providing effective UVB and five-star UVA protection… all formulated to smell like holidays!

Whichever sun protection product you use, make sure you use it properly. Try and apply your suncare product 30 minutes before heading outside, to give it enough time to soak in. Also, make sure you’ve covered every inch of your exposed skin. Reapply your suncream every couple of hours, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

Shop our full suncare range at wilko.com

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