Sun Safety 101: 5 Tips To Stay Sun-Safe

Health | by | 8th May 2017

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Keep you and the family safe from the harmful effects of the sun with our top 5 tips!

The countdown to summer is well underway, with the worst of the bad weather behind us. We’re itching for sandy beaches and long sunny days in the park, and while it can seem like the perfect time to kick back, it’s still important to think about keeping you and your family out of the sun’s harsh rays.

Sunburn can increase your risk of developing skin cancer, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Minimise your risk with these 5 handy tips!

1. Apply suncream regularly

If you’re planning on spending any time in the sun, even if it’s a bit cloudy, make sure you’ve applied plenty of suncream to any exposed parts of your body (neck, face, arms, legs etc.) at least 30 minutes before you head out. The sunscreen label should have:

  • the letters “UVA” in a circle logo and at least four-star UVA protection
  • a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect against UVB

Make sure you reapply it throughout the day (especially if you’re swimming), as once is not enough! If you’re fair-skinned or have a lot of freckles, you may burn faster and will need to re-apply more regularly.

2. Stay in the shade from 11am – 3pm

11am – 3pm is the hottest part of the day, so make sure you’re under shade and out of the sun during these hours. If you avoid being out in the sun during these times, you’re less likely to be harmed by the sun’s rays.

3. Dress the part

It’s important to keep covered up when you’re out in the sun. To protect your head, neck and face, a wide brimmed floppy hat is best, with some sunglasses. Protect arms and legs with loose-fitting long sleeved tops and trousers to stay comfortable.

4. Check skin regularly

Check skin regularly to monitor skin that might be burning, and to check moles that may have changed while out in the sun (this is very unusual, but can be quite serious). This is especially important if you’re spending several days in the sun. If you or your family do become sunburned, NHS Choices has lots of useful information that could help you.

5. Lead by example

It’s always a good idea to practise sun safety and to make sure that you’re leading by example. Children and young people are less likely to stay safe unless a family member is doing it, too.

FamilyPoint Helpline

If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.

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