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Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Tips For Staying Sun Safe

When the sun comes out it's so tempted to wear the most minimal clothing, perhaps slather on tanning oil and lay out in direct aim of the rays in the hope of catching a tan but it's one of the most dangerous and damaging things you can do to your body. Unfortunately there's no 100% safe way to get a natural tan but there are things you can do to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays.

Sunburn increases your risk of cancer, in fact the major cause of skin cause is exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Not only this, but repeated sun exposure can damage the eyes, nervous system, immune system and contributes majorly towards premature ageing.
Even when it's cloudy you have to be careful of the strong sun rays, so don't let the fact it's not bright fool you! Being sun-safe is incredible important, so stick to these 5 top tips to protect your precious body from unnecessary damage.

Stay In The Shade Between 11am-4pm
This is the time the sun is at it's strongest and most capable of burning you and doing your precious skin harm. Find a cool, shaded spot out of the direct sunshine to read a book, listen to music or chat with friends.

Use Sunscreen & Use It Right
It's all too common for people to slap on SPF 10 tanning oil and think that's going to protect them but it really won't! UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes so make sure you apply sunscreen to every part of your body before venturing out - don't forget your hands, feet, ears and neck! Remember, one coat of sunscreen definitely doesn't last all day so you need to reapply every 2 hours or immediately after swimming.  Wear a minimum of SPF 15 and look for both UVA and UVB protection.

Accessorise With Sunglasses
Your eyes are just as sensitive to the sun as your skin is, so you should shield your eyes from UV rays with sunglasses. Look for a pair that have 100% UVA and UVB block.

Wear Protective Clothing
Don't just reply on sunscreen to protect you but layer up too! No, that doesn't mean you have to be covered head to toe in the heat but if possible cover as much of your body with loose clothes when you're in the sun - maybe a pretty flowing top or a comfy jumpsuit. Hats with wide-brims are a great accessory too - they look good and they'll shield the super sensitive skin on your face.

Get To Know Your Skin
Skin cancer can be caught early and therefore hopefully treated successfully but you need to be aware of the signs. Look for changes to the skin including new marks, bumps or places where your skin has changed colour. Especially keep an eye on any moles you have, watch for a change in size, texture, shape or colour and if you spot any changes make yourself an appointment with a doctor!

Yes, having a tan is lovely but it lasts a minimal amount of time and is that bronzed look really worth risking your life for? Stay sun safe this Summer and if you're really desperate for a tan get it from a bottle!

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