SPF warning: Brits urged to check important date on sunscreen

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and many street parties and outdoor celebrations planned, Britons are being warned to avoid expired sunscreen as it provides less effective protection against harmful UV rays.

Sun protection reduces the risk of skin cancer and sunburn

Britons are urged to throw away their expired sunscreen ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend.

The four-day weekend marking Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne will expect sunny temperatures – but researchers at King Edward VII Hospital in London have warned people to avoid using expired lotion .

Sun protection not only reduces the risk of skin cancer and sunburn, but it also minimizes the aging effect of the sun.

Experts have found that many people use lotions that are over ten years old and therefore less effective in protecting their skin from harmful UV rays.

Most sunscreen products have a 12 month shelf life, which is usually visible on the back of the item.

Dermatology consultant Dr Catherine Borysiewicz said it was “extremely concerning” to see how far people will go to tan.

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Experts have found that millions of people use lotions that are over ten years old


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She added: “Sun protection is vital whether you’re in the UK or abroad, and whatever your skin colour.

“Sunscreens and sprays provide the necessary protection against skin damage to potentially long-term, even life-threatening conditions.

“It’s also important to buy new sunscreen every year, as creams expire and will become less effective.”

A survey of over 2,000 participants revealed that most adults have a jaded attitude towards sun protection.

The results revealed that nine per cent of people only used sunscreen while on holiday abroad, while five per cent said they didn’t need to wear it at all.

Of those polled, 11% said they would be willing to risk skin cancer if it meant having a tan and a quarter added that they did not feel well without a tan.

The London Clinic survey found that Britons are taking extreme and potentially dangerous risks when it comes to their skin.

Around 29% said they had used a tanning bed in the past, while one in 10 had tried risky tanning products like nasal sprays and injections.

Skin doctors have warned that these products could lead to terrible side effects such as high blood pressure, spontaneous erections and skin cancer.

Dr Borysiewicz added: “The growing popularity of tanning products, like Melanotan-2, which can be taken as a nasal spray or injection, is very worrying.

“These products are potentially very dangerous and have been linked to cancer.

“Really, the only safe way to get a full tan all year round, without the health risks, is to fake tan.”

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