Don't leave home without it

SKIN CANCER is now the second most common cancer in the UK. Forty thousand people are diagnosed with skin cancer in this country every year, and around 2,000 people die of it. Unlike many cancers, skin cancer is a disease that is mostly avoidable. The main cause, exposure to sunlight, is widely recognised. By taking some simple precautions in the sun, we can ensure that the rise in the number of skin cancers is brought to a halt.

This especially applies where children are concerned. Getting sunburnt as a child increases the risk of skin cancer in later life. Redness of the skin, however slight, is a sign that the skin has been damaged. Keep babies who are less than 12 months old out of the sun completely, and, for older children, select a sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of a least 15 (and make sure it is water resistant if they are going into the water).

Family Pod Sun Tent - Great Little Trading Company (pounds 49.99)

Even in the shade, babies' skin will absorb harmful UV rays. Pod tents are made from a specially designed lightweight nylon material with metallic reflective coating, which protects children from direct sunlight and glare as well as wind, sand and excessive heat. Its special vents allow air to circulate so the tent stays cool. Packs away into its own carry- bag and only weighs 1kg. A smaller tent is also available for babies, at pounds 25.99.

For a catalogue, tel: 0990 673008.

Sun Protection Clothing (from pounds 6.95)

Sun suits and other clothing that is 98 per cent effective in blocking harmful UVA rays, allowing your child to swim or play safely in the sun. Cool to wear, and brightly coloured so you can easily spot your kids on the beach or by the pool.

Available from Jo Jo, tel: 0171-352 5156, and the Sun Know How Catalogue, tel: 01225 867711.

UV Sun Pendant (pounds 1.99)

This ingenious little pendant for kids changes colour when it is exposed to too much sun. It is a must if you are going somewhere hot and want your children to be able to recognise the dangers of the sun by themselves.

For Sun Know How Catalogue, tel: 01225 867711.

Sunbrella Kids Sunglasses (from pounds 4.99)

Children's sunglasses must provide 100 per cent UV protection, otherwise they can damage children's eyes. When you buy sunglasses, make sure they have a UV sticker or label on them. Avoid toy glasses.

For stockists, call Tommee Tippee, tel: 0500 979899.

UV Sun Watch (pounds 14.95)

This tells you how long you can safely sit in the sun, and buzzes you when you have outstayed your welcome. Set the time, enter the SPF on your suntan lotion - and then enter your skin number. An alarm warns you when it is time to get out of the sun.

Available from UV Tech, tel: 01252 844880.

Suntan Lotions With A Difference

Piz Buin Allergy (from pounds 9.59)

For those who develop photo-allergic reactions when exposed too long to the sun's UVA rays. This can cause various symptoms, from reddening with itching, itchy lumps, to swelling and blistering of the skin. Using Piz Buin Allergy suntan lotion will help to prevent sun-induced allergies.

Ambre Solaire Kids Range

I have tried lots of sun lotions on my kids and have found Ambre Solaire's Kids range to be the best. What is different about this sun cream is its extra water-resistance that lasts up to two hours in the water. It is also "sand-resistant", meaning that although sand may stick, the sunscreen won't wear off. Prices start at pounds 9.89.

Dermalogica Solar Sun Wipes (pounds 17.95 for a pack of 15)

Individually sealed towelettes soaked in Full Spectrum Bodyblock SPF 15 which are ideal for applying sunblock to the upper back, children and bald heads. They come in boxes of 15 and are easily packed away.

For stockists near you, tel: 0800 591818.

Clinique spray-on Factor 15 (pounds 11.50)

This oil-free spray is excellent for men with hairy chests, and for kids when they have sand on their bodies or just won't stand still long enough for you to rub the ordinary suntan lotion in. It is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation in the USA.

Karen Banyon is a travel writer and broadcaster.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - Junior / Mid Weight

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...

    Recruitment Genius: Transportation Contracting Manager

    £33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel and Spa Duty Manager

    £18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...

    Recruitment Genius: Payroll and Benefits Co-ordinator

    £22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...

    Day In a Page

    Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
    How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

    Heavy weather

    What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
    World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

    World Bodypainting Festival 2015

    Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
    alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

    Don't call us nerds

    Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
    How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

    How to find gold

    Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
    Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

    Not born in the USA

    Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
    10 best balsamic vinegars

    10 best balsamic vinegars

    Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
    Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

    Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

    Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
    Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

    Greece referendum

    Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
    Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

    7/7 bombings anniversary

    Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
    Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

    Versace haute couture review

    Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
    No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

    No hope and no jobs in Gaza

    So the young risk their lives and run for it
    Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

    Fashion apps

    Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
    The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

    Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

    Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy