Did you know that most people don't apply enough sunscreen!

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Enjoying the sun safely

  1. Cover up If possible wear clothing that covers your skin, long sleeves, trousers and hats.

  2. Make sunglasses your favourite accessory Sunglasses shield your eyes from UV rays that can cause eye problems. Expensive isn't always best. Look for pairs that say blocks 99% or 100% of UVB and UVA rays.

  3. Limit your time in the sun especially between 11:00 - 15:00 in the UK as that is when the sun's rays are at their strongest. Plan your days during hot weather and look for shade. Could this be an opportunity for lunch or even a nap

  4. Use suntan lotion correctly Put suntan lotion on every part of your body that will be exposed to the sun at least 15 minutes before going outside, even if it's cloudy. Choose sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF)of at least 30 to protect against UVB with at least 4 star UVA protection

  5. Say no to tanning There's no such thing as a safe tan! It's a myth that indoor tanning is safer than sun tanning. Tanning beds, tanning booths and sunlamps expose you to intense UV radiation which increases your risk of skin cancer and skin damage

  6. Get to know your skin Skin cancer is easier to treat when caught early so get to know your skin and watch for changes. Look for new moles, bumps, scaly spots or places where your skin has changed colour. Keep an eye on any moles for changes in size, texture, colour or shape. Talk to your doctor if you notice any changes

  7. Don't forget the kids Take extra care to protect babies and children. Their skin is much more sensitive than adult skin. Damage caused by repeated to over exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life. Children aged 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight