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SunSense brings expert knowledge and over 30 years of research and development to ensure that the UK can benefit from sunscreens that been developed to provide the highest SPF available and offer both UVA and UVB protection. The SunSense range is specifically formulated using high quality ingredients to provide specialised choices for all ages and skin types including sensitive skin and the delicate skin of young children.

 

Dermatologist categorise people into six different skin types from phototype 1 – fair skin that burns very easily in the sun, to phototype 6, which is darker skin that does not burn as easily. (1)

 

The different skin types are:

  • Type 1, always burns, never tans (palest; freckles)
  • Type 2, usually burns, tans minimally
  • Type 3, sometimes mild burn, tans uniformly
  • Type 4, burns minimally, always tans well (moderate brown)
  • Type 5, very rarely burns, tans very easily (dark brown)
  • Type 6, never burns (deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown) (2)

 

People with a darker complexion have more natural skin protection but will still burn, those with fair skin burn are even more susceptible to sun burn. (3)

 

Here at SunSense, we recommend that help you protect your skin with a high factor, broad spectrum, sunscreen. Wearing a high-factor, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day helps protect against the sun’s potentially harmful UVA and UVB radiation, which can cause sunburn, pigmentation, premature ageing, wrinkles and skin cancers. (4)

 

People with sensitive skin may find a sunscreen that has physical blockers may cause less irritation. SunSense Sensitive SPF50+ is specifically designed with this in mind for delicate, sensitive skin.

 

Protecting your baby from UVA and UVB is important because a baby’s skin can burn easily because it’s thin and far more sensitive. (5) If your baby is less than 6 months old, we recommend that you avoid sun exposure as your infants’ skin is particularly delicate. SunSense Kids SPF50+ has been specially developed for the delicate skin of children aged 6 months and above, with SunSense Sensitive SPF50+ recommended for those with extremely sensitive skin, and for babies.

References:

 

(1) http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/skin-cancer/sunscreen-fact-sheet#skin-types cited 25th February 2019

(2) https://www.news-medical.net/health/Skin-Phototypes.aspx cited 27th February 2019

(3) http://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/skin-cancer/sunscreen-fact-sheet#skin-types cited 25th February 2019

(4) Flament F, Bazin R, Laquieze, Rubert V, Simonpietri E, Piot. B. Effect of the sun on visible clinical signs of ageing in Caucasian skin. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol 2013;6: 221-232.

(5) (Seidenari S, Giusti G, Bertoni L, Magnoni C, Pellacani G. Thickness and echogenicity of the skin in children as assessed by 20-MHz ultrasound. Dermatology 2000; 201(3): 218–222.)