1. Put enough on. The recommended application for adequate protection is 35
to 40ml per person per session (a handful). "So someone may think they are
applying SPF15, say, but if they don't use the correct amount then it may only
be equivalent to SPF8,"
2. Budget brands are just as effective as the more expensive brands.
3. Apply correctly. Sunscreen should be applied to clean, dry skin 30 minutes
before exposure to the sun which allows it time to absorb properly.
4. Take time out in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm when them sun is
strongest, but still apply sun screen because sand, concrete and water can
reflect harmful rays.
5. Reapply. Perspiration, exercise, swimming and towel-drying removes sun
creams from the skin so you should reapply after taking part in any of these
activities, even if the product is waterproof.
6. Everyday use of sun lotions on your face and back of the hands will limit
the chances of developing dry leathery skin, wrinkles, mottling and other signs
of premature aging and skin cancer.
7. Cover up in the sun with loose cotton clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and
sunglasses with UV protection.
8. Use a "broad spectrum" sunscreen with a sun protection factor of
at least 15 to protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays.
9. Overcast weather still requires sunscreen in summer because 80 per cent of
ultra-violet radiation is still present on cloudy days.
10. Children and babies need greater protection so use specially formulated kids ranges with gentler ingredients and higher SPFs.