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'Suncare van' helping beach goers in north Cornwall

'Suncare van' helping beach goers in north Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:01am 25th August 2019. (Updated at 7:49am 25th August 2019)

An ice cream van has been converted into a 'suncare van' to help people stay safe in the sun in north Cornwall.

Throughout the whole of August, the Childs Farm vehicle has been giving away a 'free spray a day' to ensure the whole family stay protected whilst having fun on Polzeath Beach.

Officials say that one in three of parents in the South West admit to not applying sun cream to children playing outside.

Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays (UV) can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, yet research from Childs Farm found that only 10% of parents in the South West apply sun cream to their kids every 30 minutes. A further 15% said they apply sun cream less than every two hours.

However, even during the less sunny days there is still an issue that needs addressing as almost half of those saying they don't apply sun cream to their children during cloudy weather because they do not think it's sunny enough to warrant it.

Yet, even on overcast or slightly dull days, the sun's UVA and UVB rays can penetrate cloud cover and cause damage, especially to young skin.

The suncare van is offering free sprays and you can also buy sun lotion which has very high protection, is water resistant and protects young and sensitive skin from UVA and UVB rays.

suncream van

"It's so important to us that everyone feels happy in their skin, whether itfs normal, sensitive or eczema-prone. 

"We all love to have fun in the sun, and our suncare range allows people of all ages and all skin types to enjoy the summer rays safely so please do stop by our sun care van to try our range for all the family!"

Joanna Jensen, founder and CEO of Childs Farm

Skin expert Dr Jennifer Crawley's golden rules for sun safety:

  • On hot days and when youfre abroad keep little ones in the shade between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
  • Cover any exposed skin with suncream even on cloudy days
  • Use a high factor SPF 30+ suncream, with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Reapply suncream numerous times throughout the day, especially after swimming
  • Pay particular attention to often forgotten areas such as the shoulders, back of the neck and behind the ears when applying suncream
  • Where possible, cover up childrenfsf skin with a hat, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses
  • Always keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight
  • For those who have particularly sensitive or eczema-prone skin, make sure you are using a product that has been clinically tested as suitable for this skin type / use a product that is dermatologist and paediatrician approved

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