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Sun care

The importance of sun care

It is incredibly important to take care of yourself in the sun. Not only can sunburn be very painful, but sun damage can also lead to skin cancer.

And you do need to be on holiday to burn. If you do not take the proper precautions, you can get sunburn in the UK - even when it is cloudy.

Many people believe a tan can protect their skin from further sun damage. This is not true. A tan doesn’t offer any protection from the sun.

However, you do need to strike a balance between staying safe in the sun and getting enough vitamin D. This comes almost exclusively from sunlight.

Staying safe in the sun

There is a lot you can do to avoid sunburn. You should:

  • Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest
  • Cover up with suitable clothes
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Wear a hat
  • Use sunscreen
  • Make sure you don’t burn
  • Use aftersun

You should ensure you choose the right sunscreen, otherwise it may not give you the level of protection you expect.

Choosing sunscreen

When you buy sunscreen, make sure it is at least SPF 30, and offers 4-star UVA protection. This will protect against UVA and UVB rays.

If you have sunscreen at home already, make sure it isn’t past its expiry date. Most sunscreen has a shelf life of around 2 to 3 years.

You should also make sure you apply sunscreen correctly.

Applying sunscreen

You should apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Make sure you remember your ears, nose, neck and (if necessary) scalp.

Adults should apply roughly 2 teaspoons of sunscreen to cover the arms, neck and face. You should also reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

If you have been in the water, you should reapply sunscreen when you get out - even if it is water-resistant.

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