Expert Advice

Soltan Sun Ready is an exciting free education programme designed to help young people stay sun safe and enjoy the great outdoors. There are proven links between childhood sunburn and increased risk of melanoma – but staying safe in the sun is easy with our handy tips below. You’ll also find lots of great ideas to get the whole family outside and having fun!

Ask the Soltan Sun Scientist!

How can I be sure a suncream will offer the best protection for my kids?

Jo P, London

For the best protection, look for the 5 star UVA rating, and always aim to use SPF 30 or more.

How can we stay safe in the sun but also get enough vitamin D?

Vitamin D is very important, so you and your family should try to spend plenty of time outside! Just make sure that you always use sunscreen. Vitamin D can still be synthesised through sunscreen, but sun exposure without proper protection can cause deeper skin damage. 

Can kids get sunburnt through windows?

It's possible but not very likely. The most powerful buring rays are filtered out through windows. However, UVA rays do get through, and these penetrate deeper into the skin. So even if kids wouldn't get sunburnt easily, they could still get long term damage from UVA rays through a window.

Where do I need to apply sun cream on my kids?

Make sure your kids are completely covered. Face, arms, legs and back - any exposed skin needs a good slather of sun cream. And don't forget those easy to miss places like their ears, feet, and the back of their necks.

What's the difference between UVA and UVB rays?

UVA rays are the most common type of rays. They penetrate very deeply into the skin, and can cause long-term skin damage. This damage isn't always visible, but it can be permanent. UVA rays can reach us even on overcast days.

UVB rays don't penetrate as deeply into the skin, but are very powerful. These are the rays responsible for causing those painful sunburns!

How often do I need to reapply my kids' sun cream?

First, make sure to apply sun cream on your kids about 20-30 minutes before they go out in the sun. Then reapply every 2 hours, or more frequently if they're sweating, swimming, or towelling dry.