As temperatures continue to rise this week, it’s important to use sunscreen to avoid skin damage.
Easier said than done with little ones who might not want to be lugged out of the park for a quick lotion refill.
Now one mum has revealed her genius trick that will help protect your kids from sunburn – as Brits will be baking at 35C.
Leah Mussell recently gave advice to prevent the sun’s rays from damaging her children’s skin – UV stickers.
Her determination for better suncare for Brits came after the 30-year-old’s friend Zoe Law died aged 26 after a heartbreaking skin cancer diagnosis in 2020.
Determined to educate everyone about the dangers of sun exposure, the Isle of Wight mum has praised the products on social media.
If the stickers change color, this indicates that you need to reapply sunscreen to your child.
She posted them on Facebook as she says they are “undermarketed”.
Leah is now campaigning for change when it comes to moles after she said her friend Zoe’s concerns about a mole had been brushed aside.
Zoe had a birthmark on her back, but once she developed any symptoms, she was beyond help.
Leah has started a petition to have all moles and spots removed and tested for cancer after Zoe was told to have hers removed at a beauty clinic.
“We need to make this change, we need to save other families heartbreak, and we need to do this to honor Zoe,” Leah said.
In her last sunscreen post, Leah received over 23,000 shares and thousands more praised the sticker hack.
She said: “I don’t want to preach, I just want people to understand the risks and consequences of poor sun protection.
“A recent study showed that many parents reapply sunscreen to their child but then don’t do it themselves.
“We’re important too, and when a person reads our posts, their perspective on the situation changes, that’s great.
“Zoe was very passionate about us doing what we could so I hope I make her proud.”
The UV stickers are currently only available in Boots stores, not online, and are sold in packs of 8.
They were launched in 2020 and Clare O’Connor, Soltan’s sun care specialist at the time, said the patches were both waterproof and sweat-resistant.
“After realizing that 39% of parents have a hard time knowing when to reapply sunscreen to their children, the Soltan UV Detection Renewal Stickers reassure you that enough sunscreen has been applied for optimal protection , and change color from purple to clear to let you know when your child is fully protected.
“The sticker stays clear when skin is protected and turns purple again when sunscreen wears off – especially handy if you forget to reapply it after swimming and drying off.”
It is important to note that you should always stay well protected when out in the sun by using high SPF sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
Using lotion is especially important, and Dr. Sarah Carlick previously said that getting sunburned as a child can increase your risk of skin cancer by over 50 percent as an adult.
“Unfortunately, once the damage is done, it’s over, but there are ways you can protect your kids from sun damage,” she said.
dr Carlick said one of the best ways to protect your little ones is by using a high SPF sunscreen.
“This must be at least a factor of 50 and should be reapplied after a few hours.
“Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and if you can’t, make sure sunscreen is handy.
“Make sure it’s a reputable brand and that there’s sunscreen on every part of the meat that will be exposed to the sun.”
Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day and that you have enough time in the shade to cool off.
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