Article by Helen Chidgey 25.05.16
We all know the links between sun exposure and the incidence of skin cancers so most of us have a bottle of suntan cream to hand but are we really sure of how to apply it properly and how to stay Sun Safe??
Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week (9th-15th May 2016).
The survey also found that 70 per cent of people fail to reapply sunscreen every two hours as recommended.
No surprise then that 72% of people admit to having been sunburnt in the last year. A troubling statistic given the risk of developing melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – more than doubles in people with a history of sunburn compared with people who have never been sunburned.
So what do I recommend to stay Sun Safe? Here are my 5 top tips!
1.BE AN UNDERCOVER AGENT!
UVA/UVB rays can still reach your skin and cause damage, even when it’s cloudy or when you’re in the shade. So when you’re sipping cocktails under cover at the beach remember to apply your Sun Screen to help prevent a surprise sunburn, OUCH!
2. APPLY THIS WAY
Make sure you apply your sunscreen half an hour before you go out and just before exposure too. Pay extra attention to the areas most likely to catch the sun and the ones not exposed very often!
You know those sunscreens you have hiding in the back of your cupboard past their expiry date? Don’t worry, we all have them but it’s about time we threw them all away! That’s because you can’t rely on the SPF protection of products past their expiration date!
4. REAPPLY REGULARLY
Keep your sunscreen topped up by reapplying at least every 2 hours, to provide maximum coverage (but I’d recommend even more often, depending on your skin type). Always reapply after being in water, even with water resistant creams you will have lost some protection during your little paddle!
5. DON’T FORGET YOUR FACE!!
Body Sunscreen can be applied from head to toe, but if you’ve got a sunny date you want to look your best for, using makeup that includes a high SPF is an easy way to keep your skin protected and you looking gorgeous!
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