Don't forget the nipple!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013  |  Sarah

Don't forget the nipple!

We all know the risks of sunbathing, especially when a reliable sun protection product isn’t used. But a survey carried out by Lavera found that 19% of people under the age of 54 regularly sunbathe topless – and 46% of those don’t protect their nipples with suncream.

And even for those who don’t sunbathe topless, breasts and nipples can get sunburnt under the flimsy fabric of swimming costumes and bikinis, so it’s important to sunscreen breasts when in hot countries and on warmer days in the UK.

Nipples are a particularly sensitive part of the body, and therefore are more prone to sunburn – which can lead to flaky skin and itchy breasts. And of course it’s a known fact that exposure to the sun is one of the biggest causes of skin cancer – the most common type of cancer amongst people with paler complexions, with more than 112,000 cases diagnosed in the UK each year, resulting in more than 5,000 deaths.

The Lavera survey also found that at least 10% of respondents had previously burnt their nipples in the sun. Therefore, Lavera recommend using sun protection with a minimum of SPF 15, UVA and UVB protection, with extra attention paid to the nipple area. Remember with Lavera Mineral Sun protection you don’t need to wait 20 minutes before you go out in the sun.

Men can also tend to forget the importance of applying sunscreen to all parts of the body – remember it’s not just the face and arms that it should be applied to. Even if you don’t get sunburnt, without UVA and UVB filters, skin can still be exposed to sun damage and a heightened risk of skin cancer.

Products with natural ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide are kinder to skin than some conventional sun protection products, which may contain potentially harmful chemicals including oxybenzone, which has been linked to causing hormone disruption and potential cell damage that may lead to skin cancer.

Lavera’s range of sun creams and sprays includes only natural and organic ingredients.

Lavera Don't Forget the Nipple Survey Findings

47% of respondents sunbathe topless, with 19% of people under the age of 54 regularly doing so.

11% of people have burnt their nipples while sunbathing.

46% of people never apply sun protection to their nipples.

35% of people treat all parts of their body the same when applying sun protection.

18 % of people would use a higher SPF on their nipples than the rest of their body.

What sun factor do you use?