Listen to MNers talking about getting ready for summer on the Boots Feel Good Forum and tell us what you think - £200 voucher to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 19-Apr-13 12:19:23

We hope lots of you tuned in to the latest Boots Feel Good Forum but if you missed it, please listen to the podcast. The show discusses tips and advice on getting ready for summer, from travel health and sun safety to how to get your body beach-ready! MNers have been posting about this all week - please see their comments below.

The show features experts GP Dr Rob Hicks, Boots Skin Scientific Advisor Mike Bell and Michelle Mone, founder and CEO of Ultimo and creator of body sculpting skincare ranges Usculpt and Utan. Mike has answered some MNers' Qs that he didn't have time to cover on the show on this thread so please scroll down for those - there will be some answers from Dr Rob very soon too.

Please do listen to the podcast and then come back to this thread and tell us what you think.

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MissRee Fri 19-Apr-13 12:29:03

Am I right in thinking that there is hardly any difference in using Factor 50 and Factor 30 suncreams? Surely its a good thing to let your skin be exposed to a certain amount of UV rays? (Potential for Vitamin D deficiency being one reason!)

mrsdinklage Fri 19-Apr-13 12:43:41

We're getting summer ? Really - with sunshine and everything hmm
I'm fully prepared. My mac and wellies are in the porch !

ohforfoxsake Fri 19-Apr-13 13:34:24

Why do I need to get my body ready for summer? Is it meant to have different functions according to the seasons?

LaVitaBellissima Fri 19-Apr-13 13:54:19

What is a good sun cream for toddlers, last years bought a factor 50 children's cream, but it was thicker than sudocream!

Also I always burn my parting (scalp) when on the beach & in/out of the sea, is there a scalp product that's easy to apply, and doesn't result in nasty greasy hair?

elizaco Fri 19-Apr-13 15:59:47

It's over 10 years since we last had a holiday in the sun, but as it's my 40th birthday year, we're heading to Majorca in July. Any tips/advice now that my body is not quite as youthful as it used to be?!

mummy81 Fri 19-Apr-13 16:07:11

Second baby due in June. Any tips on how I get my body back in shape by the end of summer or sooner?

TelevisionDiva Fri 19-Apr-13 16:07:18

What would you recommend to deter the midgies? And then what would you recommend to put on the bites when your original suggestion fails?

Tillyamy Fri 19-Apr-13 16:09:52

After having my feet hidden away in socks and boots for what seems like an eternity, I am looking forward to getting my nails painted and feet out in some pretty sandals! Do you have any advice for getting my tootsies looking great? I suffer from dry skin.

redskyatnight Fri 19-Apr-13 16:11:24

My son hates putting on suncream - we've tried both the creams or the sprays but he hates the greasy feeling. What else can we do to protect him from the sun?

mamof3boys Fri 19-Apr-13 16:13:56

Do once a day suncreams provide enough protection? They're much more convenient but I'm not sure if they really work.

I have really bad undereye circles and I am very pale. Do you think they will go away if I get a tan?

Any suggestions for improving my new tube-map tummy? Is faketan going to help hide stretch marks and disguise wobbly bits or will the stretch marks just stand out even more? !shock

tripecity Fri 19-Apr-13 16:20:51

I have lost my baby weight and want to wear a bikini this summer, but my belly is a little saggy - any tips to disguise it or improve its look?

RollingThunder Fri 19-Apr-13 16:21:35

What would you recommend for an ASD child with sensory issues around cream etc?

I am specifically looking for: The longest lasting (so I have to put it on least often), the least creamy one (as I said, sensory issues) and the one least likely to make his eyes hurt, as that could put him off for life.

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 19-Apr-13 16:21:42

Two questions from me!

How much difference is there between, say, an SPF 30 suncream costing £4 and another SPF 30 costing £15? Is one actually affording much better protection than the other or is it just branding?

Why aren't UVA ratings on the front of bottles just like SPFs? Are they not as important?

TheTempest Fri 19-Apr-13 16:24:26

I see someone has beat me to the vitamin D question! I would like to know how to stop my hair going brassy, I've noticed that my (dyed) blonde hair goes very unnatural looking as soon as I get in the sun. Any tips on how to stop this? My body is so far from summer ready that there isn't much point asking!

I had a pre-cancerous mole removed from my calf last year - should I completely cover this area up and shield it from the sun or take the usual protections ie wear sunscreen but expose it in shorts, skirts etc?

hjmiller Fri 19-Apr-13 16:27:28

I keep reading and being told not to put any creams on my newborn babies skin (he's 3 weeks now) but I want to protect him from the sun (I'm fair skinned & red-haired so very sun sensitive myself) - can I use sun cream on him?

Fazerina Fri 19-Apr-13 16:30:04

Planning a holiday in sub-Saharan Africa with my 2-year-old.. Can he take malaria tablets?

4lovelychildren Fri 19-Apr-13 16:34:21

Do all day suncreams really protect children's skin all day?

HazelDormouse Fri 19-Apr-13 16:34:56

What sun cream is best for a child with eczema? Is it better for someone with eczema to wear a shirt and thin long trousers rather than shorts and short sleeved top in order to protect the skin (regardless of putting on sun cream) when it gets really hot? (I suspect I'm being over protective.)

weenwee Fri 19-Apr-13 16:42:59

I'm scared about all the crap that's in kid's suntan lotion, but TERRIFIED about going outside without any! What's the safest way to enjoy the summer with kids (short of an underground bunker)?

Trillz Fri 19-Apr-13 16:44:42

Do you have any recommendations for different ways to deal with travel sickness? How come some people get it and some don't? More importantly, how come I get it now when I didn't as a child?

DinoSnores Fri 19-Apr-13 16:47:00

I was coming to ask about toddler suncream but LaVitaBellissima has beaten me to it, so please answer it! smile

"What is a good sun cream for toddlers, last years bought a factor 50 children's cream, but it was thicker than sudocream!"

Trinski Fri 19-Apr-13 16:48:42

I'd like advice on suncream for my baby (currently 5 months). What SPF? Does it have to be a kiddies' one or is the one we've got already ok? Is it true suncreams stop working after a while and you should buy them new every year or is this a marketing trick? What about protecting my baby's lips?

Princessdivaaa Fri 19-Apr-13 16:57:39

What would you recommend as the "essential" travel kit/products for holidaying in the sun?

StoicButStressed Fri 19-Apr-13 16:59:11

My top tip is obvious but seems so frequently not doneconfused

Am always staggered to see folks putting sunscreen on themselves (& way worse, on their children) at point they hit the beach/poolside etc. To be effective - & to STAY ON & ACTUALLY BE ALLOWED TO WORK (given most kids will leap in the pool the second they're unleashed!) - needs applying beforehand. Is easy peasy, just do it in hotel/villa/whatever room top to toe 15 min before leaving and THEN cart all of to the pool/beach. Kids can then leap in asap but with no risk of losing vital protection and same for you as you then lie there with your book & cocktail grin

WildThongIWannaKnowForSure Fri 19-Apr-13 17:01:04

My question is about the dreaded prickly heat. Are there any particular sun creams or lotions that can help prevent it? I find that once it appears, there is no getting rid of it until I'm back in the natural cold air of Scotland!

Uzma01 Fri 19-Apr-13 17:14:34

What is the best/cost effective way to protect against glaring sunlight when you wear glasses without having to buyprescription sunglasses?

pdb Fri 19-Apr-13 17:23:02

Every year I get dark brown patches on my otherwise fair skin in the sunny months, most annoyingly around my lipline, looking like a moustache and also around my eyes so i look like a raccoon, and then always one side of my forehead that generally looks like i'm sporting a bruise.

Currently I use sun protection, (factor 30 or 50 when possible), along with daytime moisturiser, foundation and powder, but I still get discolouration that makes me ashamed to bare my face

What else can I do to avoid this, or what can I use to get rid of the brown patches? I've tried age spot cream but this did nothing. the patches are large and get very dark as the summer goes on, fading again in Winter.

Cherrybright Fri 19-Apr-13 17:27:57

Are there any foods that I should avoid, that I wouldn't need to in the uk, to avoid stomach upsets on holiday abroad?

malachite Fri 19-Apr-13 17:30:11

Is it safe to use the sun cream I bought for the kids last summer (and didn't get the chance to use) this summer or do I really need to buy new ones each year?

nextphase Fri 19-Apr-13 17:31:57

How can I sort out the dry, yellow, hard, cracked skin on my feet? Got a decent foot file, and moisturiser, but only hydrates for a few hours. The only time they have been soft was after a hot wax foot soak, but don't know of anyone round here who does that.

flutterbynight Fri 19-Apr-13 17:38:20

Will a bit of sun on my tummy (with suncream on) do anything to fade my stretchmarks or might it make things worse (ie premature ageing)?

Tip from me:
Don't leave it too late to buy swimwear / sunglasses / sun hats - by August lots of shops have sold out.

Last year I splashed out on ultra sun once a day suncream - I found it really easy to apply, non-sticky and very effective, so I will be buying it again this year. I always apply suncream in place of moisturiser, first thing after my shower, so it is no more of a hassle than in winter when I just use moisturiser.

It can actually be cooler to wear loose clothes which cover up skin, than things like vest tops. Plus you need less suncream then!

Dixiebell Fri 19-Apr-13 18:02:23

What's the best way to protect a baby under 6 months? Is it ok to use sun cream, or should we invest in a sun tent? Don't they just get very hot inside?

Littlecherublegs Fri 19-Apr-13 18:31:16

I have a 7 month old and although my current weight is now less than my pre-pregnancy weight, I still have a wobbly belly!!
Not keen on getting the bikinis out to be honest!!

Any top (quick!) tips on how to tone up a bit before hitting the beach??

Thank you!!

Pluckybird Fri 19-Apr-13 18:38:07

I always pack a tiny bottle of citronella to keep the beasties away and I only use all day sun protection (apply once in the morning) as I'm paranoid about forgetting for the rest of the day - works in the pool too. Not cheap, but I reckon it probably works out about the same because you need less of it!

KelleStar Fri 19-Apr-13 18:50:21

Ooo so much to ask grin

Firstly, I have thunder thighs that chafe when I wear skirts in the summer is there a product out there to help with this?

I have a bit of man tan and would love to balance it out but find lots of fake tans too orange or hard to match. Also my legs are the pastiest part of me, but find it hard to get a natural look for them.

Also would love to know if I am overdoing it with the factor 50. I read an article last summer about it and can't find it anywhere now, typical.

Looking forward to some sunshine!

JedwardScissorhands Fri 19-Apr-13 18:55:13

Tip for feet - rub lemons on to your feet, leave for 10 minutes or so, then attack with a Soap and Glory foot file. Afterwards, lots of flexitol heel balm.

CarrieDon Fri 19-Apr-13 19:19:21

Do UV rays go through clothing?

My optician said a contributory factor towards macular degeneration (bleeding in the eye which can lead to blindness) in older folk is the fact that not so many of that generation used to protect their eyes with sunglasses. Is this true?

SueC Fri 19-Apr-13 19:37:18

My daughter has sensitive skin and struggles to find a sun cream that doesn't irritate her skin. Any suggestions ?

jennycog12 Fri 19-Apr-13 19:37:23

why does suntan lotion feel sticky and horribly greasy? Are there any that feel nice?

is1 Fri 19-Apr-13 19:55:53

Is it ok to use cracked heel balm every day? I find it's brilliant for getting rid of the hard skin on my feet in summer, but should I use it all the time? Thanks.

missorinoco Fri 19-Apr-13 20:13:06

I'm going vain here. In the real world, am I going to get my post three children belly back to a pre pregnany form of tonicity and skin elasticity?

I'm not overweight, I have a small pot, which looks proportionally larger as I am scrawny, and elasticity seems to be a thing of the past. If I ever get the flab/loose muscle to go, which I doubt, am I going to be left with saggy skin, in which case I am better with a wee pot.

As you were, back to more sensible important questions about childrens suncream. <Factor 30 or 50 for us, spray it on liberally, and buy the coloured stuff as it's easier to persuade the objecting children that is "fun".>

sharond101 Fri 19-Apr-13 20:42:17

What is he best way to protect my face from the sun, I am worried about the ageing effect it can cause.

On the off chance that we might get some sun this year (and I won't be 9 months pregnant thus less sensitive to various lotions and potions), what is actually a nice natural not-orange fake tan to use? I've tried a couple of the gradual ones before now, but find they make my skin a bit itchy. My legs never tan well, (even though the rest of me does) and just look so white and hideous. Thanks!

ILoveAFullFridge Fri 19-Apr-13 21:00:37

Why is the selection of clip-on sunglasses glasses always so poor? I generally have no choice but to buy whatever there is, whether or not it actually fits well to my prescription glasses frames.

And why are they so expensive?!

A robust pair of sunglasses often costs less than £15, but the clip-ons cost £20 and are extremely flimsy.

ILoveAFullFridge Fri 19-Apr-13 21:03:26

LaVitaBellissima - wear a hat.

sfancy Fri 19-Apr-13 21:11:09

My son has excema-is there a specific sun cream that you can recommend? He is 2.

katiewalters Fri 19-Apr-13 22:03:28

i have a toddler, and just wandered what is the best factor of suncream to use on him. i currently use 50 is this the best? also he suffers with excema, so is there a kids suncream that is best for those with skin conditions like excema?

Wheresthecoffee Fri 19-Apr-13 22:59:41

What would be the safest way to protect my newborn in the sun? Is there a specific gentle but effective baby sunblock?

CuppaSarah Sat 20-Apr-13 07:44:47

Does skin with lots of still red stretch marks need any different sort of sun protection against normal skin? Since it's all damaged and red I'm not sure if I should put stronger sun cream, weaker or just not bother at all.

PolkaDotCups Sat 20-Apr-13 08:20:46

My 7 month old has very sensitive skin. What is the best type of sun cream to use and will it be okay when used over eczema creams she has on prescription. One cream has to be used four times daily, will the suncream act as a barrier? I'm especially concerned about using sun cream on her face and don't want anything too thick that sits heavily on the skin.

rootypig Sat 20-Apr-13 08:28:03

Echoing Polka slightly: I have a 6 month old - is there any high factor sun protection that is sensitive enough for her little face, or should I stick with hats, cover ups and as much shade as possible?

Fazerina Sat 20-Apr-13 08:57:59

I had two more questions to ask, sorry I forgot about them earlier!

What should I be looking out for when buying sun glasses for my toddler (2 years)? And any top tips on how to convince him to wear them hmm?

Also, what is the recommended daily amount of vitamin D for both adults and toddlers? Everyone in my family has brown skin, are the recommendations different?

threepiecesuite Sat 20-Apr-13 09:39:34

How do I teach my 3 year old about sun safety? We're going to Turkey in August and I'm sure I won't be able keep her under the parasol for 2 weeks, what can we show her to make her understand how dangerous the sun is?

What fly/mosquito repellent is safe to use when I'm pregnant?

LaVitaBellissima Sat 20-Apr-13 09:44:24

Iloveafullfridge I find it quite hard to swim wearing a hat!?! smile

Are there any travel-sickness remedies that can be used for a 2year old?

Also, suncream protection for children during the school day really worries me. The longest-acting suncream I've found lasts up to 6 hours. But as children are at school for over 6 hours, and you have to add on travel time, they won't be protected all day. Are there any longer-lasting creams available? (Teachers aren't allowed to apply sunscreen and a young child isn't always capable of applying it properly).

slatorre712 Sat 20-Apr-13 10:20:54

I'm trying to get rid of winter/holiday weight that just doesn't seem to want to go away. I used to work out everyday but this year it just doesn't seem to be happening. So a few weeks ago I stopped eating pasta, potatoes, and rice. I still eat bread. And I will admit to a few plates of pasta here and there. But for the most part its just meat and veggies. So far I've lost 4 kilos. 3 more to go!!!!

Hopezibah Sat 20-Apr-13 10:42:47

I worry a lot about baby overheating - any tips would be appreciated. We have invested in 1 tog sleeping bags for the warmer months and we are very aware of room temperature but it can be so hard on holiday or when out and about to help them stay cool. She is just over a year old now. thank you.

Mouseface Sat 20-Apr-13 10:54:07

What is the best product/brand to use for very sensitive skin that burns easily, even using factor 50 sun creams.

My daughter is 14 and has always burnt, even through swim suits, the half body ones, she would still go slightly pink.

She's fair skinned with dark hair and as far as we're aware, has no skin conditions.

500internalerror Sat 20-Apr-13 12:14:42

Is there any product in existence which can keep you cool in a hot work environment?! I'm thinking some kind of magic spray, the equivalent of sitting with a cold flannel on your head?!

JS06 Sat 20-Apr-13 12:28:45

I'd appreciate some advice on travelling regimes where one of my teens is habitually travel sick, is now worrying in advance of getting on a place as she feels so unwell. What can we do before the summer holiday is 'threatened' with the tension pre and during flight?

LentilAsAnything Sat 20-Apr-13 12:38:09

Which sun lotions do you stock that are suitable for vegans?

HappySunflower Sat 20-Apr-13 14:24:19

What can I do to protect my 2 year old daughter's scalp in the sun?
I do my best to get her to wear a hat, but there are times when she roams hat free.
I've found sprays for adults, but none for children....

VerySmallSqueak Sat 20-Apr-13 15:25:17

I would like a non oily suncream that doesn't make DC's sweat so much when you put it on that it slides off.Are there any?

FloresCircumdati Sat 20-Apr-13 16:15:22

What is the best way to remove dry callouses from the soles of the feet? I have hard skin which pushes into the soles of my feet so that it hurts when I walk. I find I need to cut/shave off this skin with a little knife and blades I bought in Boots, but I am wondering if this is the best thing to do of if there is a better method. (I'm getting ready for lots of walking in the British 'sun' this summer.)

cherrylolly Sat 20-Apr-13 18:45:44

Any tips for dealing with prickly heat, I get it most Summers?

Griselda Sat 20-Apr-13 19:36:23

I worry about all the yucky chemicals in suncream, and the effect on toddlers. What would Boots recommend to look for when comparing brands- which are the ones to really avoid with young children?. Also the spf question re cost- what really makes one cost £4 and another £15? Cheers!

Ok so what is best for cellulite and stretch marks?
Is there one product or technique I can use to improve my post baby body because at the moment I don't feel comfortable at the thought of a one piece let alone a two piece!

Jims Sun 21-Apr-13 07:52:06

I'm very petite (5ft4) and have had two large babie (8lb11 and 9lb10£. Is there anything that'll help make my poor stretch marked saggy tummy look good again?!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sun 21-Apr-13 08:23:03

Stoic I apply suncream at the beach because I do not want any of us to spend the entire day with suncream on, particularly DD who wears Factor 50. I want us to get some Vitamin D before slathering on the cream. It is easy enough to keep children away from the pool or sea for a while after applying the cream if they have already had a chance to play before applying it.

goldenretriever Sun 21-Apr-13 09:22:53

Adviced on a good sun tan lotion for children with psoriasis please.

ForYourEyesYoniBrian Sun 21-Apr-13 09:31:47

What can I use to stop my dyed hair getting really porous and beach hair whilst on hols? I know it is very trendy amongst da youth but I am old enough that I simply look unkempt!

CheeryCherry Sun 21-Apr-13 11:40:35

Is is true that there are certain food you can eat which deter midges and mozzies? Which products do you recommend to fend them off? And which are the best to soothe bites? My DCs suffer from infected bites as soon as they strike. Thanks.

Is there a facial sunscreen that lasts all day? I have scarring on my face so I like to wear foundation, but then if I reapply the sunscreen I need to to reapply makeup and its a real pain.

What's the best insect repellant and bite cream for babies and toddlers?

PrimalChic Sun 21-Apr-13 15:16:19

Sun creams - Green People sun creams are great. Not greasy, feels like a moisturiser an rubs in v well at high factors. They smell lovely and I've heard they're good for the most sensitive skins.

Scalp burning - I always burn on my parting so I keep moving it when in the sun. The side, the centre, then the other side, then scrape it all back when I go in the water.

Can you put cream on babies of any age? My DS is 4 months.

serendipity1980 Sun 21-Apr-13 16:39:06

What is the best sun protection for adults - factor 50 because I'm very pale and sensitive? What is the easiest and best sun protection for children? Also is there a good subtle self tan that blends in easily? Thanks!

Leafmould Mon 22-Apr-13 00:04:28

The eczema nurse recommended sun sense toddler milk or sun lotion. It's an Australian formulation for sensitive skin. I found it fine on my kids who reacted really badly to Nivea sun cream.

What about dark skinned people?

What factor is appropriate for dark skinned children, is is just factor 50 or is it less to allow vitamin d absorption?

Now that the temperature has improved and the heating is off, I am off chips..... Looking for lunchtime options which you can get which are as cheap as chip though, is hard. Chips is 80p. Anybody got any filling and healthy lunches for 80p?

Also who is going to answer these questions and when? Is this a q&a or a chat?

GiraffesAndButterflies Mon 22-Apr-13 08:02:53

Every sun cream I've tried gives me spots on my face and back, do you have one that won't?

tilder Mon 22-Apr-13 08:17:43

Where do I get sunglasses to fit my 6 year old? The 'one size fit all' kids ones are too small and I don't know where I go for slightly bigger ones. Need to have uv protection but be cheap as kids glasses get lost, broken, stepped on etc.

suprisepitstop Mon 22-Apr-13 09:42:00

When you buy sunscreen, living in Britain means you dont often finish the bottles, and you put them away for the next year. I have heard that the efficacy of sunscreen decreases over time. What is your recommendation for the optimal time to keep sunscreen and other sun products?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 22-Apr-13 09:45:53

Everyone asking about non-greasy, easy to apply suncream - have you tried Sudocrem sun protections mousse ?

It's in the baby section rather than with the suncream (why is that?!) but is great. Easy to apply, non greasy, has an expiry date on the bottom of the can and without lots of the not so nice ingredients that many other products contain.

My question: I heard somewhere that boosting your system with B vitamins before holidaying can work as a natural insect repellant? DS1 (7) and I are prone to bites, especially mosquito, and we always react badly. Can you tell me more about how to protect ourselves and if there's any truth about the b vitamins what do we need to take, when and what dosage?

Blatherskite Mon 22-Apr-13 09:59:45

After a very long winter of being inside jeans, trousers and leggings, my legs are so white they're almost blue! I've epilated them and they're looking smoother but the skin is still mottled and pale. What's the best way of making them look good enough to get out?

Is fake tan my only option?

specialsubject Mon 22-Apr-13 10:20:50

there are chemicals in everything. The people who won't use sunscreen because of 'chemicals' need to learn some science.

suncream does need to go on before leaving the hotel room, and at intervals in the day.

babies under six months should be kept in the shade at all times and wear light clothing and a hat. Active children wear that light clothing, rash vests and suncream on exposed skin.

the sun isn't dangerous.

no cream affects stretch marks.

this is a very scary thread. Good luck, Mr Boots.

thebestpossibletaste Mon 22-Apr-13 12:02:36

What is the best sun cream for children with very sensitive skin? Can you explain to me how sun screen works and whether the chemicals used can cause problems?

Also I think it would be handy if more sun cream companies brought out small bottles of sun cream as these are handy for children to carry in their school bags.

I'm looking for a good self-tan cream or fake tan that is instant but maybe washes off. The problem with all the self tans is they always seem to be streaky and they smell horrible, yet I can't afford (and don't have the time) to go to a beauty salon for a spray tan. I only want something to give my legs a hint of colour so I don't look pasty white when I go without tights.

Tapvick Mon 22-Apr-13 12:09:37

Are there any waterproof sun creams that do not stain my clothes and towels??
Any recommendations for non drowsy travel sickness tablets for my little ones ( 4 and 6)

EmberRainbow Mon 22-Apr-13 14:00:36

Hi, this has been mentioned already but as a very pale, freckly redhead who always wears trousers my legs are a pasty/mottled blue shade and i am scared to use fake tan myself.
Which self tanning moisturiser products will give my skin a hint of a natural none orange colour so i can be more confident to get my legs out into some real sun?
Thanks

ThePskettiIncident Mon 22-Apr-13 14:46:18

I have acute psoriasis. I really need sunshine to help my skin, but how much is too much? And what should I do about sunscreen, which aggravates my skin and blocks out the vitamin D I need?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 22-Apr-13 15:35:31

leafmould - some of the Qs posted here will be answered by the experts on the Boots Feel Good Forum radio show, which will be on air on Sunday night - 7-8pm on Real and 8-9pm on Smooth Radio. If you miss it, you'll be able to listen again on Mumsnet afterwards so keep an eye out for that. Also, the experts will be answering some Qs that they don't have time to answer on the show on this thread - these will be posted early next week.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 22-Apr-13 16:38:00

does taking vitamin B1 keep away mozzies? and what can I use on the brown sun damage spots to fade them. (years of poor suncare until we knew what it actually did)

80QuidYoniJob Mon 22-Apr-13 18:12:30

My second baby is due in July, is it okay to put suncream on a new born? Obviously I won't be out in the sun with him a lot but I do want to be outside some of the time!

Niknakpaddywhack Mon 22-Apr-13 18:14:07

KelleStar for anything that chafes I've used Lanacaine Anti-chafe gel and found it to be great.

My question is about ingrowing hairs blush ever since I tried epilating my legs last spring I have had terrible spots on my lower legs and am too embarassed to show them at all sad. I would love to be able to wear skirts, shorts or even cut-off trousers again. I've tried Tend Skin and sudocrem and now I'm trying a moisturiser with added fake tan to try to disguise them. Any advice please?

poorbuthappy Mon 22-Apr-13 18:19:47

I know its been asked up there...

But really, what is the difference between cheap and expensive sun creams?

nenevomito Mon 22-Apr-13 18:59:13

I will get my body ready for summer by swapping my thick waterproof coat for my thin waterproof coat. I will then stick my body in it.

Meglet Mon 22-Apr-13 20:06:55

Another one who wants to know about ingrowing hairs. I exfoliate my legs every day of my life but still the buggers grow in and in and in then I have to squeeze them out. Every moisturiser bar Bio Oil (expensive, so I can only buy it a few times a year) gives me spots on my legs.

Do the fancy anti-ingrowing hair oils work? If so how?

Shaving isn't an option as the hair is too thick and dark but as it stands I wear trouser all year round as my legs are dotted with scars. The only thing that helps is sunbathing and we don't get enough of that these days.

clarkej Mon 22-Apr-13 22:04:08

last year there was a story that zinc oxide produces free radicals when exposed to sunlight.is there any more to this?

Rosehassometoes Tue 23-Apr-13 08:00:20

Is dry body brushing really worth adding to my routine?

SacreBlue Tue 23-Apr-13 08:46:14

I leave conditioner in my hair or coat it in oils - you can get yummy smelling ones - then plait it. I spend most sunny days in summer with my hair in plaits which keeps it out of the way, cool on my neck and it always looks in better condition when washed out for wearing down. A bandana or scarf keeps the parting from getting burnt and if you aren't one for girly plaits you can easily pin them around your head in a fräulein type way or up at the back like a mini bun.

My question is at the other end - as mentioned above hard skin is difficult to tackle and advice would be welcome. I spend a considerable amount of time barefoot, even outdoors which is probably why the skin has toughened itself up! so some tips on softening them even the heel/toe if not the sole up would be great.

CMOTDibbler Tue 23-Apr-13 11:29:30

I get ready for summer by stockpiling sunblock and finding the sun hats. I never tan, only burn, and now have nerve damage in one arm that makes it incredibly sensitive to the sun - so I don't do beach holidays, do a nice line in UV protection clothing and my only body preparation is painting my toe nails

magentastardust Tue 23-Apr-13 13:57:51

Should I be putting some sort of sun protection on my hair ? Is there such a thing like a leave in type conditioner or a spray? Don't want my hair to dry out and go brassy looking? Thanks

PostBellumBugsy Tue 23-Apr-13 16:31:34

What is your stance on so many beauty products containing parabens, which is now known to be an endocrine disrupter?

MissRee Wed 24-Apr-13 11:43:56

Always exfoliate your legs before shaving them! It ensures that you get the closest shave to the hair follicle and you stay smoother for longer grin

OR

Do what I do and get them waxed!

Sodabread Wed 24-Apr-13 12:07:50

What insect repellents are safe and effective for babies?

I always ensure I have freshly shaven legs, have exfoliated well and moisturised when out in the sun. It helps you to tan and for the tan to remain even. The sun can also dry skin out so this helps to prevent that. x

issimma Wed 24-Apr-13 21:03:09

Wear a summery perfume. That way, even if it's chucking it down, your hair is frizzy, your nose is burnt and your legs are blindingly white, you'll feel all zesty and fresh.

OrWellyAnn Wed 24-Apr-13 22:17:16

Keep suncream and aftersun in the fridge. It keeps them fresh for longer and it's a quick cool down for the kids when you apply it.

ataraxia Wed 24-Apr-13 22:28:43

tip - keep a bottle of suncream in the car/at work so you can make the most of unexpected sun!

My top tip, for adults and children, is to invest in several decent sized sun hats with full, wide brims. They protect the scalp, face, neck and shoulders from the sun, as opposed to caps which only shade the face. Keeps everyone cooler, and protect from the sun. Hats with ties are ideal for active children, and we always welcome summer by buying some basic hats and then spending an afternoon customising them with fabric pens, beads etc.

sarat1 Thu 25-Apr-13 17:21:03

Even though getting feet out in sandals probably means toenails will be painted, it is a good idea to ensure the nails are healthy first by starting each morning after a shower by rubbing in a good oil or balm to nourish them in preparation.

twotrackmind Thu 25-Apr-13 21:21:02

What is a good suncream for a child with excema? I haven't found one my daughter's skin doesn't react badly to.

Valen151212 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:03:18

Hi to all lovely Mums,

I am very new to mumsnet and need lots of guidance being first time Mum. What sunscreen can I use for my little Valen who is 4 months now. We are also travelling to a very hot country soon any help would' Beverly much appreciated. Xxx

kweggie Fri 26-Apr-13 15:39:58

I am pale-skinned. obviously if it is sunny before my holiday, my face and maybe arms might get slightly tanned. When I'm on holiday,should I use the same SPF factor cream everywhere, or vary it for different/paler parts of my body? Do I reduce the SPF as I (hopefully) start to tan?

Here are two tips:

If you overheat, run wrists under cold water, or run an ice cube over wrists, inner elbows or backs of knees where the blood is close to the skin surface.

If you do burn a bit by mistake, natural yoghurt will take the heat out if you don't have any after sun cream.

Leafmould Fri 26-Apr-13 19:31:58

Thank you Helen, I will make sure I listen to the show.

homemadepesto Sat 27-Apr-13 10:12:47

Make sure you take your E111 form if you are going to Europe! It will save you money if you need health care!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 27-Apr-13 11:36:27

Pesto - the E111 hasn't existed for years. There is now the EHIC.

Whilst you should definitely take the EHIC it is absolutely no substitute for travel insurance, which is a necessity.

Mamafratelli Sat 27-Apr-13 12:54:23

My top tip for getting summer ready is a three parter

1) Go out for a jog or brisk walk, you'll see that you tone up quickly and radiate a healthy look.

2) Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.

3) use a moisturiser with a slight tan, you'll look glowing and have super smooth skin.

Do all of these things at least 3 times a week and you'll be summer ready in no time.

vole3 Sun 28-Apr-13 06:39:38

Don't forget when travelling across time zones to adjust your timing if you're on the mini pill i.e. the one that has to be taken at the same time, give or take an hour, each day or you may have a very permanent souvenir of your holiday!
Obviously you will also need to adjust again once back.

ClaraOswinOswald Sun 28-Apr-13 17:59:36

Is it true that you need the EHIC even if you have travel insurance as some insurers make it a condition that you do and won't pay out if you are unwell or in an accident?

Dollylucy Sun 28-Apr-13 19:21:07

Is there a suntan lotion that I can put on DS at 7.30am and is still active at 1pm?

Mockingcurl Sun 28-Apr-13 19:59:52

Every year I come out in a very itchy, swollen rash,mainly on my hands and feet, as soon as I go in the sun. It has ruined many holidays.
I have been told that it is due to using a chemical sunscreen rather than a physical sunscreen.
Do you have any suggestions for sunscreen that I can use?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 28-Apr-13 22:40:51

MNHQ - is there any way that we could have a summary of the answers on these threads?

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:32:49

mamof3boys

Do once a day suncreams provide enough protection? They're much more convenient but I'm not sure if they really work.

Brands with "Once a day" claims on their sunscreens need to provide evidence of the length of protection that their products provide. Soltan Once for adults with its up to 8 hours protection was launched after five years of research and development and extremely rigorous testing in real life conditions. Initially, customers were sceptical but once they have tried the products have loved the convenience and are converted. We have a loyal following for longer-lasting sunscreen products.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:33:56

youmaycallmeSSP

Two questions from me!

How much difference is there between, say, an SPF 30 suncream costing £4 and another SPF 30 costing £15? Is one actually affording much better protection than the other or is it just branding?

Why aren't UVA ratings on the front of bottles just like SPFs? Are they not as important?

In terms of the SPF labelled on the pack an SPF 30 is an SPF 30 regardless of whether it is under £5 or over £20. The SPF rating has to be proven by European standard protocols or otherwise the company are risking challenge and litigation from contravening the cosmetics directive. However there are many differences in terms of textures, additional active ingredients and the amount of research and development carried out by the brand as well as very important additional claims such as UVA star rating and degree of water resistance. My advice is to always choose a reputable brand that you trust to protect your skin and always choose the right SPF for your skin type as well as a Five star UVA rated product.

Soltan products do label the UVA protection on the front of pack alongside the SPF. Protection against UVA rays is equally as important as UVB protection. Historically the UVA labelling was on the back of the pack but there is no reason for this to still be the case.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:35:52

hjmiller

I keep reading and being told not to put any creams on my newborn babies skin (he's 3 weeks now) but I want to protect him from the sun (I'm fair skinned & red-haired so very sun sensitive myself) - can I use sun cream on him?

New born babies' skin is extremely sensitive and ideally until the baby is around 6 months old and the skin barrier forms fully, the fewer products applied to the skin the better for the baby. Babies under 6 months old should never be exposed to direct sunlight and they are extremely vulnerable to overheating. Best practice is to use light clothing to completely cover the baby and a hat to shade their face and keep them in the shade at all times. There is no safety reason associated with our baby products, they can be used from birth if necessary but as a last resort.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:36:49

LaVitaBellissima

What is a good sun cream for toddlers, last years bought a factor 50 children's cream, but it was thicker than sudocream!

Also I always burn my parting (scalp) when on the beach & in/out of the sea, is there a scalp product that's easy to apply, and doesn't result in nasty greasy hair?

There are some excellent high factor sprays available for children with SPFs of 50+. The spray format allows easy application to a wriggling toddler and tend to be a lighter texture than lotions. There is also a Kids water play product available this season in Soltan that protects for up to 6 hours including 3 hours in the water which is easy to apply and provides long-lasting protection.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:37:31

malachite

Is it safe to use the sun cream I bought for the kids last summer (and didn't get the chance to use) this summer or do I really need to buy new ones each year?

As long as a product has been stored correctly in a cool dry place and when opened has a good appearance, smells OK and looks OK, it should be safe to use for two summers but should then be discarded. However if a product has been opened and there is any possibility of it being contaminated by sand and sea water it is best to be discarded.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:38:17

SueC

My daughter has sensitive skin and struggles to find a sun cream that doesn't irritate her skin. Any suggestions ?

In the majority of cases the sensitivity is due to the UV light rather than the actual product. Many rashes are triggered by exposure to the UVA light in sunlight. The best way to try and minimise rashes and allergies is to ensure that the highest possible protection against UV is achieved so always use SPF 50+, 5 star UVA rated products and ideally products that are hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. Soltan have just launched a Kids sensitive lotion and spray to protect against this very issue.

MikeBell Mon 29-Apr-13 12:39:45

sharond101

What is he best way to protect my face from the sun, I am worried about the ageing effect it can cause.

UV light is the major cause of skin ageing so it is correct to protect your face from the effects of the sun. UVA rays are particularly responsible for premature skin ageing as they penetrate more deeply into the skin than UVB rays. First and foremost, ensure that your day cream contains a minimum of SPF15 and a 5 star UVA rating. For more prolonged, deliberate sun exposure, use a higher factor than you normally use on your body, at least SPF 30 if not SPF 50. Many face sun products also contain extra ingredients such as antioxidants to help protect against the signs of ageing. No 7 day creams are all SPF 15 and have 5 star UVA rating in addition to all of the anti-ageing ingredients typically used in the range. It is also very sensible to minimise the exposure on your face by wearing a hat whenever possible and sunglasses to protect eyes. Finally don't forget lips, these are extremely vulnerable to burning and quickly betray your age if not careful, use a lip screen to protect against the sun and reapply it frequently.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Apr-13 12:42:16

IwishIwasmoreorganised - the experts are answering some questions they didn't have time to cover on the show - these are posted here (see above from Mike Bell who I forgot to introduce first - oops!) and there will be some coming from Dr Rob soon. Keep an eye on this thread for those. Thanks

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IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 29-Apr-13 22:09:42

Thanks Helen

<Fingers crossed they can come up with a great way of keeping the mossies off!>

Woodfairy Tue 30-Apr-13 17:04:57

At 54 do I need to be using a regular moisturiser for mature skin? I never have and don't seem to suffer for it, if skin gets tight I use my sons' eczma moisturiser.

Leafmould Wed 01-May-13 07:32:25

I have just listened to the podcast and wonder why the daft comment about it being politically incorrect to say a tan looks nice? Some people prefer it. It is a preference, not a judgement. And if dark skin does look nice, PLEASE can we have some specific advice about how to protect it?

I feel that the whole sunscreen discussion is very white -skin based, and would love it if here on mumsnet it was more inclusive.

Leafmould Wed 01-May-13 07:35:25

With regard to sun protection for eczema sufferers..... Sunsense is recommended by eczema nurses. It is stocked in lloyd's pharmacies.

Longtallsally48 Thu 02-May-13 10:59:26

I don't understand why suncreams are so expensive. What is in them that warrants the price. I think that there should be an opportunity for families on benefits to pick up sun cream at a reasonable price. Also why don't they have to have best before dates. I know they lose protection with age and I never know whether to bin season to season. I am never sure whether I bin too soon and always play safe.

emene Thu 02-May-13 14:52:01

Just listened to the pod cast and wow filled with some great info. What would be the best aftersun you would reccomended if you have burnt I've always used aloe Vera gel and didn't no if something would work even better. Plus how can I get that curly sea water effect to my hair? xxx

stephgr Sun 05-May-13 00:58:22

I thought the podcast was really helpful. I'm also delighted to read the extra answers above especially about how long sun creams can be used for. My husband thinks they should all be thrown away at the end of the summer whereas I always want to save the creams for the following summer!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 08-May-13 15:10:12

Hi all - apologies for the delay but here are some As to your Qs for GP Dr Rob Hicks...

GPRobHicks Wed 08-May-13 15:57:20

CheeryCherry

Is is true that there are certain food you can eat which deter midges and mozzies? Which products do you recommend to fend them off? And which are the best to soothe bites? My DCs suffer from infected bites as soon as they strike. Thanks.

There's no solid scientific evidence that eating certain foods will deter mosquitoes. Some people believe that vitamin B1 (thiamine) found in brewer's yeast, for example, may help, but again, scientific research doesn't support this.

Mosquitoes are attracted to a chemical called lactic acid that we make more of when we exercise and also when eating certain foods, such as salty foods. They're also attracted to carbon dioxide that we give off more of when we've been exercising or are hot, to strong fragrances, and to dark clothing, which is why wearing light clothing and covering up with sleeves and trousers is recommended. Your pharmacist will be able to advise on a suitable age appropriate insect repellent. Obviously it's important not to scratch bites so there's less chance of these becoming infected. Calamine lotion or anti-histamine cream or medication may help relieve itching. Aloe Vera is also very good for soothing irritated skin.

GPRobHicks Wed 08-May-13 16:02:01

Trillz

Do you have any recommendations for different ways to deal with travel sickness? How come some people get it and some don't? More importantly, how come I get it now when I didn't as a child?

It's more common to have travel sickness as a child but it is also possible, but less common, to develop it for the first time as an adult. Travel sickness occurs when the messages the brain receives from the eyes are different to those it is receiving from the balance mechanisms in the ear.

In a car, having a good view of the road ahead helps, as do activities that don't involve looking down into your lap. Being the driver, if possible, will help. Drivers should avoid repeatedly speeding up and slowing down and not take corners too quickly. Stopping every hour or so for a break and some fresh air will help.

Whether travelling by car, train, or plane, travel sickness medication is available from the pharmacist and is usually best taken half an hour or so before setting off - check whether it is likely to make you feel sleepy. Acupressure wristbands can be very effective too. Speak to your pharmacist for advice on what products might suit you

GPRobHicks Wed 08-May-13 16:02:50

Cherrybright

Are there any foods that I should avoid, that I wouldn't need to in the uk, to avoid stomach upsets on holiday abroad?

Your travel agent and information sites about the country you're visiting will be able to advise you specifically about this.

It's important to follow certain precautions when travelling abroad such as drinking only sealed bottled water, only eating food that's been thoroughly cooked and is served very hot, and only eating fruit and vegetables that you can wash and peel yourself. Remember to wash your hands often, particularly if handling food and after using the toilet. Try not to fall into the trap of having ice in drinks. Many people let their guard down when at the airport on their way home and a good holiday is often spoiled as a consequence.

GPRobHicks Wed 08-May-13 16:03:38

Hopezibah

I worry a lot about baby overheating - any tips would be appreciated. We have invested in 1 tog sleeping bags for the warmer months and we are very aware of room temperature but it can be so hard on holiday or when out and about to help them stay cool. She is just over a year old now. thank you.

In hot weather it's easy for babies and young children to overheat and develop heat exhaustion and the more serious condition heat stroke.

Try and avoid being out during the hottest part of the day (around 11am - 3pm), and during sunny days keep in the shade as much as possible. Wearing lose clothing helps and when indoors make sure the room is cool and a comfortable temperature. It's very important to give drinks regularly to avoid dehydration. Don't forget to use sun-protection too.

GPRobHicks Wed 08-May-13 16:05:21

IwishIwasmoreorganised

My question: I heard somewhere that boosting your system with B vitamins before holidaying can work as a natural insect repellant? DS1 (7) and I are prone to bites, especially mosquito, and we always react badly. Can you tell me more about how to protect ourselves and if there's any truth about the b vitamins what do we need to take, when and what dosage?

There's no solid scientific evidence that B vitamins act as a natural insect repellent. Ask your pharmacist about a suitable product for children.

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing and strong fragrances so it's best to avoid these. Cover up with sleeves, long trousers, and shoes, and consider sleeping under a mosquito net. Your pharmacist will also be able to advise on a suitable age appropriate insect repellent to use. Be prepared with something to soothe bites and relieve irritated skin such as calamine lotion, anti-histamine cream or medication, or Aloe Vera.

Leafmould Wed 08-May-13 19:59:35

I am disappointed that my question about sun protection for people with darker skin has not been answered. I am really struggling to get a clear idea about what my dc need. I have looked for advice in various places, but I have never found any that explains in detail.

Natalieandkids Mon 13-May-13 12:20:18

What's the best suncream brand and factor to protect my children from the summer sun?

Natalieandkids Mon 13-May-13 12:22:52

my tan on my legs never matches my body sad

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