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NOW CLOSED Are you are applying enough sun cream on yourself & your kids? We want to put this to the test! MNers needed to attend event in London on Wed 25 April - £100 of goodies + travel

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 13-Apr-12 17:15:07

*Entries close 9am Weds 18 April*.

We've been asked by the folks at Garnier Ambre Solaire to find 3 MNers and their child(ren) who would be able and willing to go along to a special event in London on Wednesday 25 April from 10am – 5pm. The event is designed to showcase how much or how little sun lotion we apply and how much we should be applying.

Attendees will be asked to apply lotion as they would normally and then to be filmed in a special tent using a special camera which can highlight all the bits which have been missed and analyse where more lotion (or less) is needed.

The team at Ambre Solaire will then make a film about the day and this will be shown on Mumsnet, and other media channels as required - please note there will be a big promotion on the back of the film so please only apply if you are happy to star in this film and have your child(ren) filmed and be seen!

Ambre Solaire have asked that children be filmed wearing beachwear (shorts or swim suit, a T-shirt & sun-hat) and for at least one Mumsnetter to wear beach style clothing too (though you won't need to travel to the event in your cossie!) so please only apply if you are happy to do this or happy for your child(ren) to be filmed.

The team at Ambre Solaire will then make a film about the day and this will be shown on Mumsnet, and other media channels described in the full T&C's.

This is a chance to learn about sun protection for your family - and we would also want you to add your feedback to a thread on Mumsnet to share what you have learnt.

In return for attending each Mum will receive a gift box of Garnier products to the value of RRP£100 and lunch will be served. You will also receive up to £150 in travel expenses.

Apologies - we realise this is a normal school day and that this may mean older children will be unlikely to be able to attend. We are looking for a mix of folks to attend - maybe you could come with pre school-aged children. The event is only suitable for children who are aged 3+years.

This promises to be an amazing event with a few surprises during the session - as well as an opportunity to learn about skin protection in a unique way.
If you'd like to attend please add your details and complete the following questionnaire here.

No purchase necessary. Entries close 9am Wednesday 18 April 2012. Offer open to UK & ROI residents only, aged 18 and over. See full Terms & Conditions here.

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Thu 26-Apr-12 13:59:36

I am however still slightly confused about the birthday party theme.

FrankWippery Thu 26-Apr-12 13:55:50

I have been snorting at inappropriate moments at little visions of your face when you had to break the news to me...!

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Thu 26-Apr-12 13:48:12

I really want to mention the per una array but it really wasn't the costume mans fault!!!

FrankWippery Thu 26-Apr-12 13:13:19


QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Thu 26-Apr-12 12:22:05

I am blogging about what I (really wink) thought of the day......

FrankWippery Wed 25-Apr-12 06:46:23

Cracking day for it grin

See you later.

JenniferMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 24-Apr-12 20:01:19

Really looking forward to meeting everyone tomorrow
Pretty sure I cover my kids alright its just me that burns each time !
I'll be coming with Olivia the intern and should be there just after 9.30 tube strike permitting !
See you later !

QueenOfAllBiscuitsandMuffins Tue 17-Apr-12 21:22:05

Not everything is a capitalist plot to get us to spend more money. Maybe you would like to read what Cancer Research UK say about vitamin D and sun protection?

Once you have got your dose of Vitamin D you should cover up and use sun lotion.

I have entered, I think it will be interesting.

PoppaRob Tue 17-Apr-12 01:52:56

Thanks frothing"... Then make that 5ml. We used to pump sunscreen into a teaspoon and show the kids that was the amount to use for each limb etc. to make the point. A tablespoonful and the poor nippers would be drowned in the stuff! smile

Molybdenum Mon 16-Apr-12 18:45:19

This is disgraceful in a country with an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency!

QuintessentialShadows Mon 16-Apr-12 12:44:51

Next you know, Sunlotion will come with free fish oil capsules. wink

I imagine: Eye Q and Ambre solaire team up to give a low cost solution to vitamin d deficiency: subscribe to our annual pack, sunlotion plus omega3 in summer, moisturizer plus omega 3 in winter. Only £300 per year.

FrothingBeserker Mon 16-Apr-12 11:12:51

um, a teaspoonful is 5ml. 30ml is about 2 tablespoonfuls.

PoppaRob Mon 16-Apr-12 04:52:34

@naturalbaby - We use a roll-on SPF30 sunscreen for sensitive skin on my grand-daughter. Easy to apply and it applies easily so you can get good coverage. If she's going to be in the sun for more than 20 minutes or so she has a long sleeved t-shirt and longish shorts on too. Even at daycare and playgroups they follow a national "no hat - no play" policy.

@QOD - Chances are she actually puts the right amount on. Buy her a pump pack and let her use as much as she wants. Each squirt from a pump pack is about the 30ml (teaspoonful) you want.

When I was a kid putting a seatbelt on seemed a hassle but we got used to it and it saved lives. From the 80s onwards we Aussies became more sunsmart and slopping on sunscreen seems as natural as wearing a seatbelt.

PoppaRob Mon 16-Apr-12 04:45:47

Chiming in as an Aussie and ex surf life saver... whatever you're using is probably a third of what you should be using. Granted we have more exposure to UV here than you Brits do, but the recommendation is 30ml (a teaspoonful) per leg, 15ml per arm, 30ml for the torso and 15ml for the head. I guess that's why we Aussies buy the stuff in pump packs! Brands like Banana Boat are popular, but the supermarket stuff is cheaper, and if it's cheaper you'll use something closer to the proper amount. And remember water and sweat wash the stuff off, so pop some more on every hour... unless of course you know for a fact that you're immune to skin cancer and/or you find skin that looks like old leather attractive.

We teach schoolkids here "Slip Slop Slap Seek Slide". Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunglasses.

QOD Sun 15-Apr-12 22:06:20

Shame, my 13 yr old would have loved being filmed whilst we bickered about sun cream!

(she puts far too much on)

AliceHurled Sun 15-Apr-12 21:33:57

Exactly blackeyed.

naturalbaby Sun 15-Apr-12 21:26:11

I'd love to but not sure what I would do with my 2yr old and 1yr old?

BlackEyed Sun 15-Apr-12 19:34:19

That is clearly the aim Alice which is why this sort of thing makes me uncomfortable, especially with the increased cases of rickets and vitamin d defincancy.

The last thing parents need is to be scared into giving kids even less sun exposure. Let's face it a suncream company is hardly going to tell parents to use less, let their children have access to the vital vitamin d contained in sunshine and stop panicking about keeping them covered 24/7. They aim to make money after all.

AliceHurled Sun 15-Apr-12 16:16:58

I wonder whether they'll conclude that people don't use enough and need to buy more of their suncream.

whomovedmychocolate Sun 15-Apr-12 13:48:47

I'm up for it and will wear a sarongy thing or shorts (bad idea) or a swimming cossie and shorts providing I am only shown in motion (actually the motion goes on when I stop so it may take a while) wink DS will merrily dance in his swimmies for the price of a bag of buttons!

trinot Sun 15-Apr-12 13:16:33

What a surprise...a suncream company wants you to use more suncream...what people need to apply is some common sense. I live on the west coast of scotland, where we have very little sun and I use very little suncream on my olive skinned child. On my fair child, I use much, much more...she burns instantly. If I lived in Australia I would use far more suncream on both of my children. Like so many health issues, for example how much water we should drink, a company has used scaremongering to get us to buy more of their product. Wake up people, wake up are being used

spammertime Sun 15-Apr-12 11:44:49

Sorry for thread hijack, but having seen a close family friend die of skin cancer because they had "the sort of skin that just goes brown", and who never got sunburnt in his life, I would totally disagree that building things up gradually is the way to go.

tiredandbusy Sat 14-Apr-12 11:53:54

Some time in the sun for vitamin D then a t shirt and hat??? Simple.

bronze Sat 14-Apr-12 11:30:29

Bloody phone... vitamin d levels too

bronze Sat 14-Apr-12 11:26:34

Will they also be testing vitamin levels?

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