• Tam W.

Sun Awareness Week (14-20 May '18) this week. Now I know that the first thing to often cross ones mind when you mention sun safety is - 'oh not, not another kill joy, scare mongering theme. I need my Vitamin D you know.'

Sun safety I must say is VERY important but it also need not dominate your thoughts. And of course, all things in balance. As a nation we don't see as much sun as some others but that in fact means we are often more careless when it does come out.

Small steps, every day have you covered - spray on some cream, grab a hat and sunglasses and seek some shade during the middle of the day. Now, I LOVE the sun - every time I spray on my sun cream the smell makes me HAPPY. It takes me to a beach somewhere gorgeous. I love how bright and cheerful everything suddenly looks (that ugly high street is no longer ugly)... The birds are chirping and the flowers budding and there is no doubt sitting out in the sun makes us feel good - that is until we have had too much.

So just be a little wary, pretty please.

Sun Safety is paramount when abroad and in the UK. Sun Awareness Week aims to dispel the myth that sun safety is any less important in the UK.

What are the Risks?

Adults you are as important as children - its not too late for you! It’s vital to note that sun burn is not just a temporary pain, discomfort or inconvenience. Sunburn is a sign of damage to your skin cells’ DNA. And here’s the result: if you are sunburnt just once every other year, over time you will triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

Remember, it’s also really important to protect your eyes. We’re often told to never look directly at the sun, and rightly so! However sun safety is not limited to direct sunlight.

The sun’s harmful rays can be reflected from various surfaces including concrete, water and sand. This reflected light can cause a painful burn to the eye’s surface, in the same way that it can cause burns on the skin.

What does Sun Safety Involve?

Let’s re-cap what we know so far:

  • The sun is dangerous if you don't take care – even in the UK!

  • Sun cream is vital but it can’t do all the work for you (do keep a travel size one in your bag or glove box)

  • Pack a hat - headwear is as important as footwear

  • Seek shade between 11am and 3pm

  • Protect your eyes in all bright light - wear a wide brim hat and glasses

Organisers of Sun Awareness Week, the British Association of Dermatologists, suggest that a minimum SPF 30 sunscreen is best for adults. It’s also important to avoid cheap or ‘knock-off’ sunglasses; just because they reduce the glare, it doesn’t mean they’re blocking harmful UV rays.

You should use sunglasses that guarantee protection from UVA and UVB light.

So, i hope we have just made you the teeniest bit more aware on how to be sun savvy...

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