Tips to Being Safe in the Sun
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO AVOID BURNING YOUR SKIN
- Stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm when it is at its strongest.
- Wear clothes with tightly woven fabric and a hat with a 4 inch brim which shades the face, neck and ears.
- Make sure you buy a sun screen which offers 'broad spectrum' protection to ward off both UVA and UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend at least SPF15. Don't be fooled by SPF30. It does not give you double the protection of SPF15; it gives you 3% more.
- Wear protective sunglasses as UV rays can cause cataracts and damage to the retina.
- Lips can be very vulnerable to skin cancers, protect with at least an SPF 15 lip balm.
- UV light is reflected by all sorts of surfaces, particularly water, sand and snow - even grass. You cannot always rely on shade; if you can see the sky you can get burnt. Even if you are sitting under an umbrella on the patio, the sun can bounce off thetableand into the deeper layers of your skin.
- Sun protection is especially important for babies, little children and teenagers. Babies under six months of age are too young for sun screen and should simply be kept out of direct sun as much as possible.
- Avoid using sun beds - they have similar risks of natural sunlight.
- If you really can't stand having pale skin, there's a large industry in excellent fake tanning products.
To find out more about tanning and the potential risks visit the American Academy of Dermatology website.