Top Tips for Summer Good Times


At Britmums Live the other week, Mummy met, amongst other fab brands, the lovely ladies at the Boots stand.

With my big sis having very sensitive, delicate skin (she is blonde and gorgeous) Mummy has always been really aware of keeping safe in the sun, and obviously with me as a baby and now a tot.

Big bro, and biggest sis tan nicely and easily – but they still need looking after too. And have you ever thought about your eyes in the sun? Or where UV light can catch you out?


Mummy picked up some brilliant tips and facts from Boots, and their #SummerGoodTimes campaign, and is keen to share them with you….

1. Your eyes are ten times more sensitive to UV damage than your skin.

2. Children’s eyes have larger pupils and clearer lenses so are more susceptible to sun damage.

3. Your eyes need protection from UV all the time – even on cloudy days.

4. Lenses with darker tints don’t necessarily offer more UV protection than glasses with clear lenses.

5. UV rays bounce of glass screens – looking at your smart phone close up increases your exposure to this reflection.

6.Cloud cover only reduces the amount of UV light by 10%

7. Wearing a T-Shirt provides UV protection – but only when it is dry. Once wet, it turns opaque so swimming in a T-Shirt offers NO protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

8. Sand, concrete and even grass all reflect UV but if any of these surfaces become wet the amount reflected can double.

9. The effects of the sun are cumulative – if you burn an area of skin, it will be more sensitive to burning next year.

10. Around three tablespoons of sun cream is enough to cover an adults body. Be careful not to over rub your lotion.

Mummy has learnt a lot from these – some she had no idea about. What about you?



  1. What interesting facts….I always use too much suntan lotion! I didn’t realise a tablespoons is enough…Oops x
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  2. Lots of interesting facts here. I am never sure how much sun cream to put on as there are so many conflicting recommendations. This amount sounds reasonable though. Thanks!
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  3. Goodness! There are so many on this list which you would think otherwise. Cloud cover for one. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Wow what interesting fact, I think I have been using way to much suncream!! Boo is so fair I always make sure she has suncream on – I just wish she would keep her hat on too!
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  5. Some really interesting facts here! I didn’t know most of them!

  6. Very interesting list. My daughter hates it when it’s really sunny as her eyes hurt. All my kids are quite rubbish at keeping their sunglasses on though.
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  7. Really useful tips, I think it’s easy to think we know it all when actually we don’t!

  8. I’m really lucky that Boo loves wearing sunglasses like me (might be the fact that I have an ever so large collection of designer sunglasses…Oops!) and will rarely walk out the front door without them!
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  9. These are very interesting facts, especially about the eyes. I’ve never really thought about them being susceptible to UV damage before.
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  10. Living in the sun (and being part Australian) I knew all these facts except the wet t-shirt one. That’s good to know, though my kids always swim in proper UV tops. We get through enormous amounts of suncream!

  11. I had no idea about the wet t-shirt removing UV protection, something I will be wary of in future x
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  12. I have always been really careful with the boys as I am very fair skinned. They are both brown as buttons even through they wear a high factor sunscreen!
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  13. What some great tips – I have to admit I didn’t know a lot of it! x
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  14. Good list – I didn’t know about some of these before now!
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  15. Omg! I always put a t shirt on the kids in the water as I think I’m giving them extra protection! I did not know this wasn’t the case! Amazing tips!
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  16. Three tablespoons never sounds like it is enough for me x
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  17. Wow those facts are so interesting, I’be definitely learned something! xx

  18. Boots taught us a great deal at BML too. Some of the stuff I’d never heard and wouldn’t have thought of ever. Great tips.
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  19. I had no idea a wet t-shirt was useless against harmful rays. Thankfully we swear by UV vests
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  20. This mummy didn’t know many of these facts, either, thank you for putting them in a handy post for us!xx
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  21. Wow, so many things I didn’t know. No wonder my bum always gets burnt first…I remember one summer holiday in the South France when for about 2 nights I could sleep for that tiny patch I’d missed!

    Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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  22. I’m so pale that i burn quite easily and then never tan! I have to admit I always remember to cover Wilf and often forget myself sometimes! x
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