Now that the weather is improving we all want to have FUN IN THE SUN, sunshine is good for us, below sunburn level, helping the body to create vitamin D and giving many of us a feeling of general wellbeing, as we enjoy taking walks in the sunshine and enjoying outdoors summer activities.
However, all too often we over-do our sun exposure which can lead to a range of problems including skin disease, sunburn and sunstroke. To avoid this follow the safety tips regardless of your skin colour or tone.
Top sun safety tips
• Protect the skin with clothing, including a hat, T shirt and sunglasses
• Seek shade between 11am and 3pm when it’s sunny this is when the sun is at its hottest
• Use a ‘high protection’ sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has high UVA protection, and make sure you apply it generously and frequently when in the sun.
• Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
• On hot days drink plenty of fluids, at least 2-3 litres daily
For further information please go to http://www.sunsmart.org.ukunsmart.org.uk