5-star protection for your whole family.

Every product in our Lacura® range comes with the maximum 5-star protection needed to safely enjoy the sun. Whether you want suntan lotion, spray or sunblock, at Aldi you’ll find everything you need to protect you and your family from harmful UV rays.

Which factor should I use?

In the sun, it’s vital to protect your skin to prevent skin damage –⁠ whatever your skin type it still needs protection. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) ratings are based on the percentage of the sun’s UV rays reaching the skin. The higher the SPF the greater the protection, but whichever factor you use reapply it every 2 hours or so and have regular breaks in the shade.

  • 15 SPF – Medium (daily use)

    Cancer Research UK recommends that when the sun is strong, everyone should use a sun-screen with at least SPF 15 and 4-star rating.

  • 30 SPF – High (suitable for most)

    SPF numbers tell you how long it would take to get sunburn. An SPF 30 increases the time it takes to get sunburnt by 30 times.

  • 50 SPF – Very High (children and sensitive skin) 

    Children and those with skin problems tend to burn easily, so they need the highest levels of protection.

  • The importance of after sun care
  • After spending time in the sun your skin will be dehydrated, losing its natural bounce (it often feels ‘tight’ when sunburnt). So it’s important to cool your body with a cool bath or shower and then apply a good after-sun lotion to moisturise your skin.
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3 Golden rules for sun safety.

Remember to break up your time in the sun with a few moments in the shade. Wearing the right clothes is a great way to protect your skin from UVA damage too, so think about hats, T-shirts and UV sunglasses. Here are a few more sunny day rules.

  • Carry a small bottle of sunscreen with you so you don’t get caught out on a sunny day.  Sunscreen works best once the skin has absorbed it, so apply generously and allow 20-30 minutes before you go out.

  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. It’s important to replace the fluid we lose when we sweat and generally people need between 1.5 and 2.5 litres of fluid daily. On sunny days you’ll need more.

  • Taking care of your skin after excessive sun exposure is incredibly important, so always apply after-sun lotion after being outside to refresh, hydrate and soothe UV-damaged skin.

Your sunny day questions answered.

Sun safety is so important for every member of the family, to keep them all healthy and happy on sunny days. So here are a few of the most commonly asked questions to make sure you get it right.

  • The short answer is yes. If you’re planning to spend some time in the sun you definitely should, but even on cloudy days the sun’s UV rays can get through to cause sunburn. If you’re inside it’s not as crucial, but you should be aware that UV rays can burn even through glass (so if you’re next to a window or in a conservatory, it’s a yes!).
  • Most people don’t apply as much sunscreen as they should. According to the NHS, adults should aim to put on 2 teaspoons of sunscreen to cover the head, arms and neck, or 2 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your entire body while swimming, for example. If you apply it too thinly the protection level’s reduced, so it should be applied frequently and liberally.
  • Babies under 6 months have very sensitive skin, so the best way to stop them getting sunburnt is by keeping them in the shade rather than using sunscreen. With children older than 6 months you should apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands. Children should also spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm.
  • That depends on the strength of the sun and how long you’re planning to be in direct sunlight, but generally the recommendation is at least SPF30 for adequate protection against UVB rays and at least 4-star UVA protection. You should also wear suitable clothing and spend time in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest.
  • Yes. SPF ratings go from 2 to 50+, and the higher the number the stronger the protection. The SPF is based on how long it would take your skin to burn using the sunscreen versus the amount of time without any at all. For example, if your skin would take 10 minutes to start burning, SPF 30 sunscreen increases that by 30 times – to 300 minutes. However, the sun can dry the sunscreen off your skin, so it should be reapplied after about two hours.
  • Yes. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 2 to 3 years, after which you should replace them.

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