‘Skinformation’ – how to keep your skin safe in the sun
Thinking of You says hello to new charity partner British Skin Foundation
While the sun is shining why not send a thought via Thinking of You and add a donation to the British Skin Foundation, a charity working hard to fight all types of skin disease, including potential killers like skin cancer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and kills over 2,500 people every year.
Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun damages skin and can lead to skin cancer.
Beware of severe sunburn, particularly in children, this increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
The good news is you can take action to protect yourself and your family.
TAKE ACTION NOW
You can keep your hat on (and why not a t-shirt too?)
Don’t strip off when the sun shines. Cover as much of your skin as possible to protect it from damage from the sun – think loose cotton clothes and wide brimmed hats.
Stay over 30
Use sunscreen and reapply every two hours. Opt for sun protection factor (SPF) 30 and above – the higher the better. And, look for 5-star UVA rating on the bottle which helps protect against skin ageing.
Even if you spend most of your time keeping cool in the pool or splashing in the sea, sunscreen is still a must. Use a water resistant one and reapply after swimming, sweating or towel drying.
Just like food, sunscreen goes out of date too. Always check the label!
Shades, shade and time of day
Shades and shade are important. Don’t squint in the sun, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Make sure they have good quality UV filtering lenses (an EU CE Mark).
The UV index is highest between 11am and 3pm so seek out shade between these hours.
If in doubt, check it out!
Most skin cancers can be cured if detected early. Check monthly for moles or marks that are changing or new. If they are, visit your doctor without delay.
Think of others when the sun shines
Think about the British Skin Foundation when you send a thought via Thinking of You and add an optional donation to charity. Get started here