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The truth about UVA protection

31/01/2020 by Poppy

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We all know the importance of using sun protection, but a survey by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society shows that there is huge confusion around labelling on sun creams, with a significant percentage of the public unaware how much protection their sun creams offer.

The survey of 2,000 UK adults found that one in five was unaware that the SPF rating of a sun cream does not offer protection against all sun damage.

Only 8% of people surveyed knew that the SPF rating of a sun cream only refers to the protection from UVB radiation (the rays that burn), meaning that 92% of people had no idea that SPF ratings offer no indication of UVA protection.

What are UVA rays?

UVA rays cause long term cell damage in the deeper layers of the skin and are the main cause of premature skin ageing and wrinkles.

UVA rays can still cause damage even if your skin hasn’t gone red and burned; this means that whilst you may believe you are getting good protection from your sun cream, your skin may still be experiencing damage.

To maintain high protection from both UVA and UVB rays it is very important to apply sun creamregularly and liberally.

Cancer Research recommends that two tablespoons of sun cream is applied every 2 hours; it is also advised that people avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 when the sun’s harmful rays are strongest.

Green People sun lotions provide recommended UVA protection

Recent media coverage about UVA protection advised the public to check the ‘star’ rating of their sun cream, however the star system is not the only way to tell if a product offers protection against UVA rays.

The European Cosmetics Association COLIPA has designed a symbol to indicate whether products offer UVA protection in line with the Recommendations of the European Commission. This symbol, which consists of the letters UVA inside a circle, is used by Green People to confirm that our products offer UVA protection in line with these recommendations.

UVA symbol

How high is high enough?

All Green People sun lotions offer broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and are suitable for sensitive skin and those prone to prickly heat.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) there can be a tendency for people who use very high factor sun creams to reapply less frequently and stay in the sun longer than when they use lower factor sun lotions.

However in order to get good UVA defence, you must regularly top up your protection no matter what the SPF.

Effective sun lotions without the jargon

Green People offers a reef-safe sun care range for all the family which uses an expert blend of earth minerals, the mountain flower Edelweiss and other effective, gentle filters to provide broad-spectrum protection for your skin against UVA and UVB rays.

These award-winning formulations are rich in a synergistic blend of natural antioxidants, skin vitamins and anti-inflammatory actives to help support the skin’s immune system, prevent premature ageing from UVA rays and protect against irritation.

Discover Green People’s broad-spectrum SPF15 and SPF30 sun creams, suitable for the whole family this summer.

Scent Free Sun Lotion - SPF30 200ml

Scent Free Sun Lotion - SPF30 200ml

High factor fragrance-free SPF30 sun lotion suitable for sensitive skin

Edelweiss Sun Lotion with Tan Accelerator - SPF15 200ml

Edelweiss Sun Lotion with Tan Accelerator - SPF15 200ml

Organic SPF15 sun lotion with tan accelerator

Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion - SPF30 150ml

Organic Children Scent Free Sun Lotion - SPF30 150ml

High factor scent free SPF30 suitable for children with sensitive skin

Hydrating After Sun 200ml

Hydrating After Sun 200ml

Moisturising to maintain your tan and minimise peeling


For more information about our naturally effective sun lotions, please feel free to get in touch by leaving a comment below, or you can contact one of our friendly customer care team on 01403 740350 or email

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