Sun Awareness and Ladival Sun Cream

May 14th marks the start of Sun Awareness Week 2018. Our commitment to sun awareness and protection from the sun with the launch of the Ladival sun cream range in our pharmacies.


What Are the Risks of Sun Exposure?


This one may sound obvious, but thousands of us still manage to find ourselves getting sunburnt in sunny weather. A survey by Cancer Research UK found that a fifth of individuals go without sun protection on a warm day, and the issue is particularly prevalent with men, who worry 75% less about getting burnt than women.

Sunburn may seem like a minor issue, but it can easily turn nasty. As well as pain, itching and flaky skin, sunburn also increases your risk of major health concerns like skin cancer.

Ageing and Pigmentation

For many of us, having a tan is an instant confidence booster, but sun exposure can wreak havoc on the appearance of our skin. Consequences include premature aging in the form of wrinkles, tightness and even age spots, which occur most commonly on our hands and faces.

Risks to Your Health

 The sun’s radiation creates ultraviolet light, and it’s this light which is the main cause of skin cancer. Sunburn damages the genetic material of your skin, or the DNA. If too much damage is caused, cells can react by growing out of control, leading to the formation of cancer. This more than anything is why it’s vital we don’t overexpose our skin to the sun.

What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

Our skin is precious, and it deserves protection against as many of the sun’s damaging rays as possible

37%of the sun’s rays are damaging to the skin. Current sun screens that you know and buy, only protect against UV-Aand UV-B.

That means they only protect your skin against 7%of those rays.


By protecting against Infrared-A as well, Ladival offers protection against four times more of the sun’s damaging rays. That’s why at Dears Pharmacy we are proud to stock the Ladival range in our pharmacies.

Infrared Defence

Ladival’s unique Advanced Infrared-A Protection System (IR-D Infrared DefenceTM) is clinically proven to protect against damaging Infrared-A rays that reach the deepest part of the skin and which cause cellular-level damage

Sensitive Skin

All Ladival products are ideal for sensitive skin and are free from perfume, colourants, preservative and emulsifiers

Sensitive Skin and the Sun

Everyone should wear sun protection when out in the sun, but people with fair or sensitive skin should take extra precautions to avoid sunburn and UV damage.

It’s quite common for people who suffer with sensitive skin to believe the sun is the cause of their summer skin flare-ups and irritation. But it’s often the sun cream itself that leads to skin rashes and irritation. This is why it’s so important to choose the right protection to stay safe and comfortable when outside.

Some sun creams are made up of a thick formulation which can clog pores and irritate the skin’s barrier, causing sore rashes to form. This can be extremely dangerous as it may mean people under apply their sun cream, leaving them vulnerable to sunburn, UV and IR-A damage.

Sensitive Skin and your Sun Protection

People with sensitive or extremely sensitive skin need to shop carefully for sun protection and avoid anything with fragrance, skin-irritating preservatives or chemical filters.

The Ladival range does not contain any preservatives, perfumes, colorants, fats, parabens or PEG emulsifiers, making Ladival the essential travel companion for fair and sensitive skin types.

The range is safe to use on your face, meaning only one product is needed to protect your entire body.

Ladival is clinically proven to be suitable for sensitive skin – including children with eczema.

The Ladival Kid’s range is clinically proven to be suitable for eczema prone skin

Eczema and the Sun

Eczema (a type of dermatitis) is a dry skin condition which causes scaly, red and itchy rashes. People with more severe eczema may also experience crusting and bleeding.

The specific cause of eczema is unknown, but research suggests it can be due to a combination of environmental and lifestyle factors.

It’s also thought that genetic factors play a part, and children are more likely to develop eczema, particularly if a parent or grandparent suffers from other allergic conditions like hay fever or asthma.

Triggers such as the weather, temperature, soap and washing detergents, certain fabrics, perfumes and skin care products can cause flare-ups of the condition.

Eczema and your Sun Protection

Some say exposure to the sun can help improve their eczema while others say it makes the condition worse. Either way, it’s crucial for people of all skin types to protect themselves from the sun’s rays throughout the year. But it’s important to choose this protection carefully – some sun creams aggravate eczema because perfumes, preservatives and colourants can clog the pores and irritate the skin.


Our Ladival Kid’s range is clinically proven to be suitable for eczema prone skin on children and adults – it doesn’t contain preservatives, perfumes, colorants, fats, parabens or PEG emulsifiers, making it the perfect travelling companion for dry and sensitive skin conditions such as eczema.

The range is safe to use on your face and hands and will protect these areas of your skin from the sun. Ladival is dermatologically tested to be kind to delicate skin.

Prickly Heat

Ladival’s products are free from perfume, colourants, preservative and emulsifiers, meaning Ladival can help to avoid prickly heat.

Prickly Heat and the Sun

Prickly heat is an itchy rash of small, raised red spots that cause a prickling or stinging sensation on the skin. It can develop anywhere on the body, but most commonly appears on your face, neck, back, chest or thighs.

Prickly heat rashes usually appear a few days after exposure to hot temperatures or time spent in the sun, and typically develop when you sweat more than usual.

Babies and children are usually more susceptible to getting prickly heat during hot or humid weather because their sweat glands are not yet fully developed.

Prickly heat usually clears up on its own within a few days. But many people who experience it dread going out in warmer weather or on hot holidays abroad, spending most of their time in the shade.

Prickly Heat and your Sun Protection

The symptoms of prickly heat can be made much worse by most sun creams, the perfumes, preservatives, colorants and PEG emulsifiers they contain can irritate the skin.

Sun creams containing fats or parabens can block sweat glands and can aggravate your prickly heat because they block your pores, preventing your skin from breathing as it should.

None of Ladival’s products contain any preservatives, perfumes, colorants, fats, parabens or PEG emulsifiers. So Ladival is ideal for sensitive or oily skin, helping avoid prickly heat and sun allergy.

The range is safe to use on your face and décolletage for people who experience prickly heat in these areas. Ladival is dermatologically tested to be kind to delicate skin.

DNA Repair After Sun Gel

Ladival’s pleasantly cooling gel provides relief for taut feeling skin, alleviates sun-related reddening and supports the natural regeneration process for sun damaged skin. The lightweight formula contains dexpanthenol and vitamin E to provide additional skin soothing and nurturing benefits.

How does Ladival DNA Repair After Sun work?

Photolyase enzyme is found naturally in the blue-green algae Anacystis Nidulans. Ladival DNA Repair After Sun harnesses the natural power of this enzyme and uses it to help repair DNA damage, restoring structure and reducing the development of sun damaged cells. This supports the skin’s natural regeneration process. Restoration of damaged DNA results in better protection for skin against the long-term effects of UV-B.


Enjoy the Shade

Sun exposure leads to 80% of melanoma cases, which is the most serious kind of skin cancer. This should be enough to tell us to take regular breaks from direct sunlight and let your body enjoy a bit of shade atleast every 30 minutes.

Plenty of Fluids

Sun exposure when paired with dehydration is a deadly mixture which often leads to sunstroke. This can leave you feeling dizzy, nauseous and feverish, which nobody wants on a bright, sunny day. Always be sure to drink plenty of water, aiming for eight large glasses a day. This is true at all times, but even more so when it’s warm and bright.

Our Ladival range is now available in our pharmacies and is available with a great promotion of Buy One Get One Free. Our pharmacists and our teams are here to help you plan your holiday as part of our Travel Clinic including vaccinations and medicines.

Call in to your local Dears Pharmacy for support and advice in our locations in Edinburgh & Fife.

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