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50% increase in fake tan sales during heatwave!

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 10:12am

Most of us may be scorched out of it with the continued fine weather but at least one type of business - apart from ice cream parlours - have seen sales soar with the temperatures. 

Pharmacists have reported a massive increase in sunscreen sales during the current hot weather. But CarePlus Pharmacy, Ireland’s leading chain of independent community pharmacists, has also seen sales of fake tan soar by almost 50 per cent, showing the Irish always want to hedge their bets!

CarePlus Pharmacy have reported a whopping 147 per cent increase in sales of sunscreen since the current heatwave hit. Each of its community pharmacists has also noted a marked increase in the number of customers seeking help after suffering sunburn.

The UV Index for Ireland has been marked ‘high’ or ‘very high’ since the heatwave began, meaning protection is required against the sun’s dangerous rays. Forecasters say the weather is expected to continue warm and sunny for the foreseeable future.

Micheál McVann, CarePlus pharmacist in Westport, said: “We have noticed a real surge in demand for high factor products, such as SPF 30 or 50, which means that most people are getting the message about protecting their skin from the sun.”

“However, some people are presenting to the pharmacy after the damage is done and expecting a miracle,” Mr McVann continued. “After-sun products can help, but the best treatment is not to expose your skin to risk. Sun cream should be applied regularly, with a minimum of SPF 30, and allowed to dry for 20 minutes before exposure to the sun.”

Micheál has offered tips to stay sun-smart including wearing SPF 30 or higher for adults, and SPF 50+ for children; avoiding the midday sun, when the rays are at their strongest; wearing a hat; and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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