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Post Category: Skin Care

Tip! How long to keep sun cream!


Have a look at the back of your tube of sun cream to see how long it will remain good to use once it has been opened! This symbol indicates that the product is safe to use from twelve months from the day it’s opened! It’s good to get in the habit of writing the date you opened the tube on it with permanent marker so that you are sure the product you are using is still of sufficient quality to protect your child from sunburn – I know in our house we could have cream sitting there opened for years as the Irish weather does not exactly encourage you to finish a tube!! Obviously I understand it can seem expensive and extreme to replace cream every year but the length of time displayed in this symbol on the back of the tube is all the total time the manufacture can or will guarantee the SPF content of the sun protection. I’ve had a few people come into the pharmacy  (adults thankfully as there is nothing worse than seeing a sunburnt child) who have been unwillingly burnt by the sun after putting on what they thought was a good high factor sun cream which unfortunately turned out to be a couple of years old and the SPF had deteriorated to unknown quality.  It’s worth looking out for this symbol on your tubes and bottles and handy to write the opening date on the tube! Often sun cream has an expiry date printed on the bottle which could be a few years from now and the cream will remain safe to use until this date so long as it’s within 12 months of actually opening it. So if you have an unopened tube you may be able hold onto it for a couple of years!

If like me you are hoping that this summer will be as beautiful and sunny as last year then I’d advise you to check out this amazing offer we have in stock – A huge tube of La Roche Posay Anthelios childrens Wet Skin Gel Lotion SPF 50 in (250ml) for only €19.95 The 100ml tube of the regular Anthelios lotion is €20.50 so as you can see there is a huge saving – it’s almost three times the size for only €1 more!  We do free delivery on all orders over €50.

Also read more here about how to protect your child in the sun in the WonderBaba Sun Care Guide :


I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page  or my website contact page  or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262.

Updated – 28/5/18

Author: WonderBaba Blog

My name is Sheena Mitchell and I'm a pharmacist with my own business Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6. From working in the pharmacy I've realised that there are a lot of first time and experienced moms who might benefit from hints and tips from a pharmacist who can balance healthcare advice with real hands on experience from my important work as a mother of two! I hope to bring you regular advice and information and answer questions that you have! Being a mother and pharmacist are my two favorite things and I'm delighted to have this way of bringing my two worlds together! All questions and queries are gratefully received but otherwise sit back, relax, and let the solutions come to you!