As it seems we will mostly be enjoying staycations, or holidays within the UK this year I thought it was a good time to talk sun cream.
It amazes me how many people are happy to spend a day in the UK sun without any sun cream on but would apply it religiously on their holiday abroad. Shockingly approximately 45 people are diagnosed every day in the UK with skin cancer and it’s the 5th most common cancer.
A more concerning fact is that although you’re more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer as you age, significant sun exposure in childhood is the single most important lifestyle risk factor. Experience of blistering sunburn during childhood/young adulthood doubles the chance of developing melanoma in later life.
The NHS guidelines are that all people should stay out of direct sunlight during the strongest hours of the day, in the UK that would be 10am - 3pm. Obviously that is not always possible so they recommend wearing light clothing instead of bare skin and a sun cream of factor 30- 50 (children and young adults should never use anything less that factor 50). A large brimmed hat and sun cream will protect the face and sunglasses protect the eyes.
The best practice is to apply 30 minutes before going outside to allow the sunscreen to bind to your skin. Reapply every two hours of exposure and immediately after swimming or excessive sweating (during sport and outdoor fitness).
Even when it’s cloudy, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the Earth. Going unprotected on an overcast day can lead to skin damage. To get full protection from your sunscreen, apply one ounce — about a shot glass full — to your entire body. Most people apply less than half of that amount, translating into reduced protection.
I know you’re probably thinking we’ve been doing this for years we don’t need to be told but we all need reminding sometimes or we slip into bad habits that become hard to break. Get your whole family into the sun cream routine (yes that includes the men in your life) and enjoy a happy holiday at home.