As an Afro-Caribbean woman every summer I’m asked the same question – why do you need to use sun protection?
I’ll say this only once – Black people need to use sun protection, too.
Yes, black skin has more melanin providing some added protection against the sun, but it’s only minimal. It’s still susceptible to harmful ultraviolet rays, especially if it’s been wrapped up in jumpers and coats during the long, cold winter months.
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It protects against UV rays – which can be just as high during cloudier days, did you know that? – and Infrared-A rays. These can cause long-lasting damage to the deepest layers of our skin where some of the most delicate cells can be found. Ladival also protects against UV-A, UV-B and protects against four times more of the sun’s rays.
Protecting my skin is important to me for two reasons
As a forty-something mummy desperately trying not to age, Infrared-A rays can cause accelerated skin ageing as collagen & elastin proteins in the skin are attacked
As a mummy my “job” is to protect my children against everything and anything, whatever they’re doing. Full stop!
I also used Ladival in Portugal in 35-degree heat, which was a real test. It went on easily & didn’t leave a white-ish layer on my skin, which is very important to me(!) And it really did act as a barrier to the sun; my skin didn’t feel hot or burning once.
The Little Shires have used Ladival Kids Spray SPF50, which is water-resistant & suitable for little sensitive skin. It’s a proper dispenser, so they get a light, even spray and not thick dolloping squirts of sun cream. So much so my Little Mister says it tickles as it goes on! They also prefer the smell compared to market rivals and can easily self apply. Big ticks all round.
Two things to mention
When out & about I like to take the children’s sun cream with me but the 200ml Spray bottle is so big & bulky to carry around.
2. The Kids Spray bottle has a security clasp which means the contents of my bag won’t be covered in suncream but my 8 year old can’t open it! I’d worry she wouldn’t reapply sun protection if she was out all day at sports camps etc if she’s on her own.
Overall, I really like Ladival Sun Protection, it’s price competitive and it’s opened my eyes to using sun protection even during the many cloudy days we get in the UK!
You can find Ladival Sun Protection, including Ladival sun protection for kids here
Disclosure: I was sent Ladival Sun Protection to try throughout the summer in exchange for a independent review. All opinions are my own, honest & true.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.