Public confused by sunscreen labelling, say experts

28 June 2015


BBC News has reported today that labels on sun creams are not clear enough.

The protection provided by the sun creams against UVB rays is displayed using the SPF factor on the bottle. However there are also UVA rays to consider. Protection against these rays is indicated by a UVA ‘star’ rating.

In a recent survey of 2,000 adults it was found that only one in three people checked this star rating when buying sunscreen (the rating ranges from nought to five and indicates the percentage of UVA radiation absorbed by the sunscreen in comparison to UVB). One in five people were unaware that the SPF rating does not mean protection against all skin damage-only that from UVB rays.

UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply causing it to age. Both UVB and UVA rays from the sun can cause skin cancer.

Read the full article and for further information on how to protect your skin visit the NHS website.

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