Stay sun safe this summer
10 May 2019
By Hayley Carmichael
Skin cancer is preventable if we take the right steps to keep ourselves safe from too much sun.
We all love sunshine
As we move from spring into summer the weather starts to warm up and we all feel a bit happier with some sun on our skin. The vitamin D we get from the sun on our skin is really important for our health, but it’s important we don’t overdo it.
In the US they devote the whole of the month of May to skin cancer awareness, and in the spirit of thinking global, acting local, we’re bringing that awareness here too.
Prevention is better than cure
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the UK, but the good news is that it responds really well to treatment if caught early. So always check any suspicious moles or skin blemishes that seem a bit worrying.
However, to stay super safe here are some top tips for skin-care in the sun:
- Cover up with loose fitting clothing as this is the best way to protect skin from UV rays.
- Wear a sun hat to keep the sun off your face.
- Use a high factor suncream (30+) and apply around 20 mins before going outside, and then reapply every 2 hours, especially if you are swimming.
- Waterproof suncream is good even if you aren’t swimming as it also stays on better if you’re sweating in the heat.
- Swim in a T-shirt to keep shoulders protected as they burn most easily.
- Don’t forget to wear sunglasses as your eyes can be damaged by UV rays too.
- Try to stay in the shade when it is really hot, especially between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest.
Climate change and heatwaves
As our climate changes, we are experiencing more heatwaves, they are hotter and lasting longer. This increases the risk of sunburn, and therefore skin cancer. The young and elderly are especially vulnerable in hot weather, do look out for them if out and about with family or friends and make sure they have applied suncream.
Following the simple tips above can help to protect you from the strong UV rays while out enjoying the sunshine this summer.
We are working to deliver Care Without Carbon to help manage the impact of climate change on our health. We can all make choices to reduce our impact on the environment. Make your pledge to do something here.