We are in the middle of our glorious British summer, so it is the perfect time to remember to keep safe when out in the sun. In this blog, Content Channel Editor Tania talks about ways in which you can protect your skin while enjoying the sun.
With summer finally here, there are more opportunities to spend time outdoors and make the most of the warm weather. Small amounts of regular exposure to the sun – without the skin burning – are beneficial to our health. It helps our body make vitamin D, which keeps our bones, teeth, muscles and immune system healthy. However, you should avoid overexposure.
Why is it important to stay safe in the sun?
The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages the DNA (genetic material) in our skin cells. This is the main cause of most skin cancers. The damage can happen from sun exposure over a long period of time or by being exposed to too much sun and getting sunburnt.
Cases of skin cancer have increased in the last 10 years, and skin cancer is now one of the most common cancers in the UK. As we live longer, we spend more time in the sun during our lifetime. And while skin cancer is more common in people over the age of 40, the number of young people developing it is also rising.
All types of skin are at risk of sun damage and skin cancer. Everyone needs to wear SPF to keep safe in the sun, whether your skin is pale or dark.
Here are some ways you can protect your skin from the sun and help prevent skin cancer:
Stay in the shade during the hottest times of day
Protect your eyes
When you need to take extra care
Following these tips will help make sure your skin does not burn. But do take extra care if you:
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