Sun Awareness Week

Hurrah, Summer is fast approaching! The days are getting longer and the sun is getting brighter, BUT…this means the sun’s rays are getting stronger…

Skin cancer is at its highest rate since the 1960’s and it’s the most common cancer in the UK and according to a recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists, 80 per cent of us don’t apply sunscreen before going out in the sun.

It’s important to take the necessary precautions before, during and after you spend time in the sun so, as it’s sun awareness week from 8th -14th May, why not read our top tips for safely enjoying the glorious Summer sunshine this year.

  • Apply sunscreen from head to toe, not just the obvious or easy to reach places! It’s important you do this under your clothing too, as light clothing can have low SPF values of just 7 – just because you’re covered, doesn’t mean you’re protected.
  • Make sure you wear sunscreen with SPF of 30+ with UVA protection. Remember, wearing a high factor does not mean you won’t tan – it will protect you from burning and allow you to develop a tan slowly, without the nasty burns or blisters!
  • Try to keep sensitive areas like your scalp or shoulders projected while in the direct sunlight, by wearing a hat or t-shirt to avoid these areas being exposed. The scalp is often overlooked as many assume hair will project it, so remember to look after these areas too.
  • Sun is highest in the sky at midday so if you can, try and stay in the shade between 11am – 3pm. This can sometimes be a struggle, especially while on holiday with young kids wanting to stay in the pool all day, but think of ways around it like sitting in a shaded area for lunch.