Special topic - Sunscreen

Sunscreens and sun protection Sunscreen products are cosmetic products in accordance with the Cosmetics Regulation. They have an important "protective" function against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are two types of UV radiation, UVA and UVB. UVB radiation causes the skin to darken in colour, or in some instances, burn. UVA penetrates the skin further than UVB causing skin aging, resulting in wrinkles and pigmentation. Both forms of UV radiation have the potential to cause cancer.

Understanding your sun cream label and the difference between UVA and UVB radiation and how to stay protected in the sun. 


Sunscreens should be stored in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight or as detailed on the label of the product.  You should also read the label carefully to understand the amount of sunscreen you are using and if it needs reapplication. 

Tips on how best to store your sunscreen and how much you should use. 

Visit our dedicated Sunscreen special topics page for more information.

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