Sun safety offer

6th May 2005 at 01:00
Much as we welcome summer, we all now realise the need to stay out of the midday sun, wear sunscreen and, if possible, a hat. "Given that sun is known to cause cancer, anything that encourages people to spend less time in the sun helps," says Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, a GP and co-author of Your Child Abroad: a travel health guide (pound;9.95, www.bradtguides.com).

SolarSafe wristbands are a way to remind yourself or your child not to spend too long in the sunshine. Put sunscreen on a SolarSafe wristband at the same time as you apply it to your skin. The wristband will change colour as you wear it, indicating whether you should use more sunscreen or perhaps get out of the sun altogether. Children can monitor the changes themselves and learn when to take cover, although, Dr Wilson-Howarth notes, "factors such as skin type and sweat will make a difference, too".

Each wristband lasts a day and has a space on which to write the name of a small child who might get lost on a busy beach. A week's supply, with seven wristbands and a marker pen, costs pound;5.99 from 0870 225 2020; www.goodforhealth.com. We have 10 packets of SolarSafe to give away. To enter our draw, email friday@tes.co.uk or send a postcard marked SolarSafe to the address on page 3 by May 20.

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