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Mum's 'star-rating' tip about why cheaper sun creams are sometimes better goes viral; The parent's post showing star rating of sun creams can mean a factor 50 is LESS effective in the sun than a 20 :: It's been shared 93,000 times.

Byline: Kelley Price

A mum's post about checking the STAR rating of sun creams - not just the SPF - to guard against sunburn has gone viral.

The parent shared a tip she'd learned that could mean a factor 50 cream is LESS effective against the sun than a factor 20 - and it's been shared nearly 93,000 times on social media.

That means choosing a cheaper brand sun screen with a higher star rating, to keep yourself and your family safe in the sun this summer, could be better than forking out for a more expensive one,reports Hull Daily mail.

The mum, who blogs under the name The Bristol Parent, told her Facebook followers: "I learned the maddest thing about suncream this week.

"All good suncream has a UVA star rating from 1 to 5.

"The star rating shows you how much UVA it's blocking relative to how much UVB.

"So a factor 50 with a two star rating is less effective against the sun's danger than a 20 factor with 5 stars.

"Very often its the cheaper own brand creams that have the better star rating.

"Word is that Morrisons and Wilkos own creams are all 5 star. The Ambre Solaire was a tenner. The Tesco three quid. Pass it on!"

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The Skin Cancer Foundation says: "Both UVA and UVB penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers.

"They also suppress the immune system, reducing your ability to fight off these and other maladies."

The NHS recommends using at least factor 15 sunscreen to protect against UVB - and at least four-star UVA protection.

* Here are the top tips for staying safe in the sun this summer, according to the NHS:

- Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

- Make sure you never burn

- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses

- Take extra care with children

- Use at least factor 15 sunscreen to protect against UVB - and at least four-star UVA protection.

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- Don't rely on sunscreen alone to protect yourself from the sun. Wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun's at its hottest.

- UVA protection can also be indicated by the letters "UVA" in a circle, which indicates that it meets the EU standard.

- Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.

- Don't spend any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.


Credit: PA

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 12, 2018
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