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Protecting Yourself From The Sun

When holidaying abroad more often than not we choose to visit countries with warmer
climates than our own and for many its a case of the hotter the better!

Whilst spending time outside basking in the sun and topping up our tans is very enticing to many, we also need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves from the potential negative effects of the suns rays.

More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. We can still enjoy the sun whilst taking some extra precautions; follow our top 10 tips below:

1. Avoid the midday sun when the sun is at is strongest by spending sometime in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm.

2. Use adequate sunscreen with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15..

3. Make sure you apply enough sunscreen, most people don’t! You need 2 teaspoons to cover your head, arms and neck and 2 tablespoons if you are covering your whole body.

4.Apply the sunscreen to every sun exposed area, not forgetting the ears and head if you have little or no hair.

5.Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out and again just before going out.

6.Sunscreen does not last all day, it usually needs to reapplied every 2 hours or after being washed off by water for instance.

7.Wearing long sleeved shirts and full length skirts and trousers also offers protection from the sun. Tightly woven fabrics are preferable.

8.The sun can do damage to the eyes as well as the skin so it is worth wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes form the sun and never stare directly at the sun.

9.Be extra careful when spending a lot of time on the beach and the sea as sand and water reflect the damaging sun rays which means your more likely to get sunburn.

10.Young children, especially infants under the age of 6 months need to be completely covered and shaded form the sun.

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