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12 Jul 2012

Protect your skin from the sun this summer

Sun damage happens when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays penetrate into the skin and damage cells. You can’t feel this happening, and it can occur even when the sun doesn’t feel very hot. To protect your skin use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more  and be liberal with your sunscreen. According to Cancer Research UK, people don't apply as much sunscreen as they need to. If you don't apply enough, you won't get the protection that is claimed on the bottle.
Make sure you cover all exposed skin, including the tops of feet, ears and the back of the neck.

The SunSmart campaign recommends that you:
•Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
•Choose a sunscreen labelled "broad spectrum", which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays, with a star rating of four or five stars.
•Apply sunscreen to clean, dry skin.
•Use around two teaspoons of suncream to cover your head, arms and neck.
•Use at least two tablespoons of sunscream to cover all your exposed skin, if you're wearing a swimsuit.
•Re-apply sunscreen regularly (at least every two hours) as it can come off through washing, rubbing or sweating.
•Re-apply sunscreen after going in the water, even if it's labelled waterproof.
•Use sunscreen along with clothing and staying in the shade to avoid getting caught out by sunburn.
•Don't be tempted to spend longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.

Don’t forget to check the expiry date on your sunscreen, and don't use it if it has expired.

Source: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Sunprotectioneyesandskin.aspx

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