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CTPA shares advice on enjoying the sun safely

By Guest Writer | 08 July 2023 | Expert Advice, Feature, Health & wellbeing

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The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) offers guidance on how to stay safe in the sun this summer…

  • Seek out shade, particularly between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is usually at its most intense.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV damage.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun, and re-apply every couple of hours throughout the day. You will need about a golf-ball-sized amount of cream for each application. Remember that sunscreens are one part of a sun safe regime, but should never be used to spend longer in the sun.
  • Remember to re-apply sunscreen when you emerge from cooling off in the water or after towelling.
  • Drink plenty of water, particularly in hot weather. Keeping your water intake up prevents dehydration and maintains a healthy bladder and kidneys. A healthy body helps to support healthy skin.

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“The cosmetics industry is innovative and vibrant and one that responds to consumers’ needs with safe and effective products,” comments Dr Emma Meredith, director general of the CTPA. “At this challenging time for our finances, we are able to choose cosmetics and personal care products from a wide range to meet all of our lifestyles, cultures, personal preferences and importantly, budgets.

“All sunscreens on sale in the UK must be able to prove categorically that they are safe and that they provide the level of protection on their label, by law.

“The companies that make sunscreens provide this proof by compiling a huge amount of data, including from multiple tests that scientists carry out when they are developing the product, as well as data from tests on the finished product itself.”

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