This week is sun awareness week, a campaign by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to help raise awareness of skin cancer, and how you can prevent it.
Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer, but it doesn’t just happen when you’re on holiday. You can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy.
Although the government is still advising we follow greater social distancing, we still need to look after our skin when we’re in the garden or when we’re out exercising. Here are our top tips for sun protection at home.
Top Tips for Sun Protection at Home:
- Try to spend time in the shade or indoors between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest. You could exercise first thing in the morning, or in the evening instead.
- Make sure you apply sun cream when you’re out in the sunshine long enough to risk burning. The NHS suggests (1) adults should be applying around 2 teaspoons of sun cream if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck. You should also apply sun cream twice, 30 minutes before going out and just before going out.
- Wear clothes and sunglasses that also provide sun protection, such as a wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears and a long-sleeved top.
What sun cream is right for you:
There is a wide of variety of sun cream available, so it can be difficult to know what sun cream is right for you and your family.
The NHS(1) suggests most of us apply a sun cream with an SPF of at least 30 to protect against UVB rays. If you’re worried you might not be applying enough SPF 30, then you could use a sun cream with a higher SPF factor. You should also look for a sun cream that protects against UVA rays.
If you have sensitive skin, or a skin condition like eczema you might find it difficult to find a sun cream. Look for sun creams that have been tested to be suitable for sensitive or eczema prone skin and avoid ones with a fragrance. The National Eczema Society suggests considering the same things you would when choosing an emollient.