Sunscreen labelling needs to change

jaynelawrenceBy Prof Jayne Lawrence, RPS Chief Scientist

The recent RPS survey of 2000 adults in Great Britain showed just how little understood sunscreens are.

Only 8% of people knew that the Sun Protection Factor (SPF) on bottles of sunscreen provides protection from UVB light alone and does not include protection from harmful UVA rays – typically indicated by a separate ‘star’ rating. Both UVA and UVB light are harmful to skin and can cause skin cancer. Read more Sunscreen labelling needs to change

10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know

By Neal Patel, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

OK, I’ll admit when I was told there may be things about sunscreen I didn’t really know I felt pretty sure that I was clear on how it worked and how to choose the right product. Sunscreen is simple, right? Sunscreen and actually the whole sun protection area is complex, and for those of us with little time to consider what the label actually means, may even be confusing. Read more 10 things about sunscreen that every pharmacist should know