The sun is the number one cause of skin cancer and damage to the skin. Without protection against UVA and UVB rays, the chances of contracting either skin cancer or lip cancer increase significantly. When we refer to exposure to the sun, a misconception is that it is in reference to hot, sunny days. The reality is that even on cloudy days the rays from the sun can penetrate your skin and cause damage.
It may sound quite extreme, but the ideal solution to protecting yourself against the sun is to wear suncreamevery day of the year. On hot, sunny days additional protection should be worn in the form of a good pair of sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat.

When choosing suncream you should select a variety with a high SPF. This abbreviation is short for sun protection factor and the figure represents its strength of protection. The number is representative of the time it would take for skin to turn red in relation to skin without cream. For example a cream with SPF 30 means that a person wearing it would start to turn red 30 minutes after a person without any cream on would.

Nothing lower than SPF 15 should be worn, although in the summer a cream with a much higher SPF should be used. Children in particular should have a very high factor slathered on them every few hours in the summer. Sun cream needs reapplying because it starts to lose its potency after a few hours. In mid summer when spending the day outside, sun cream should be reapplied every 2 to 3 hours on both adults and children. When swimming, make sure a waterproof cream is used and be vigilant to reapply it after each swim.

When applying sun cream, attention should be given to areas such as the lips, ears, eyelids, backs of knees, hands and feet. These areas are often neglected when it comes to applying sun cream and can be areas where malignant tumours can develop. The face and neck are the parts of the body that see the most sun, so SPF 40 or above should always be worn. It is not true that wearing sun cream will prevent you from developing a tan either, even very high factor creams cannot prevent a healthy glow from developing.

If you have any recommendations for good suncreams, let us know here. If you have any other advice on how to stay safe in the sun then leave a comment too.

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