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Sunscreen is not just for the beach - Deb is campaigning for better UV awareness in schools

Be UV aware this summer

Deb is campaigning to promote sun safety in school

Posted by Stephanie Broad | May 24, 2016 | Health & wellbeing

Forty per cent of UK school children have arrived home from school with sunburn, doubling their risk of skin cancer later in life, yet the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) revealed that 90% of all skin cancer cases could be prevented if exposure to UV rays were controlled.

Deb – a leading innovator and supplier of skin care products and hand sanitising solutions – is proactively campaigning to raise awareness of the risks associated with prolonged UV exposure to schools, education professionals and parents. At school, children spend around eight hours outside every week, often when UV radiation is at its strongest, so more must be done to ensure that they are protected.

Schools have a duty of care to safeguard the health of their pupils, which includes working with pupils and their parents to ensure that they have access to sun protection measures, and that they are effectively educated on the importance of sun safety. Deb is also alerting those who have a duty to protect school children to be aware of the daily UV Index. When the UV level reaches three or above, protection is required.  

“Children are unable to protect themselves from the devastating effects that UV radiation can have, which is why it is crucial that when in school, parents feel reassured that their children are effectively protected from the sun,” said Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb. “We have created a range of UV Protection creams to help prevent skin damage, and are supporting national charity Skcin with their Sun Safe school programme.”

There is also uncertainty about what sun cream factor is appropriate. The minimum sun cream protection you should use is SPF30, and it’s also important to use a sun cream with a broad spectrum UVA protection. Reapplication is crucial too; it is recommended that cream is reapplied liberally every two to three hours.

The Deb Stoko™ UV Protection Range is the perfect solution for anyone outside in the warmer months as it covers all bases, protecting against harmful UVA and UVB rays as well as the artificial UVC rays. 

The Stokoderm Sun PROTECT range is available as 30ml and 100ml tubes, 200ml spray and 1litre cartridges, and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 50 formats.  

As part of this campaign, Deb are also offering a range of resources, including brochures and awareness posters to further provide education on the importance of sun safety in schools.


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