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Sun Awareness Week: Top sun protection tips

Sun Protection Advice

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May 6 – May 12 is Sun Awareness Week. To commemorate, the British Association of Dermatologist have launched the Be Sun Aware Mole & Sun Advice Roadshow to educate and advice the general public on sun safety, cancer and sun protection.

Be Sun Aware Mole & Sun Advice Roadshow aims to encourage people to pay more attention to their skin and learn what warning signs to look out for which might indicate a cancerous change, and how best to protect their skin in the sun.

A study conducted by the British Association of Dermatologist revealed a lack of knowledge about skin cancer and sun safety despite this being the UK’s most common cancer type.

The study also revealed that younger people are less knowledgeable about some aspects of skin cancer than older generations, despite increased education on the disease in recent decades, which was not available to older generations, and on-going campaigns targeted at younger age groups.

This is why we’ll be running a series of articles on tips, advice and sun protection products to remind readers to take the safety first approach to sun tanning and sun protection in general by taking appropriate action.

Top sun protection tips to consider:

  • Protect the skin with clothing, including a hat, T shirt and sunglasses
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Seek shade between 11am and 3pm when it’s sunny
  • Use a ‘high protection’ sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has high UVA protection, and make sure you apply it generously and frequently when in the sun.
  • Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight

The Mole and Sun Advice Roadshow will make a stop at

-Isle of Wight Festival, Hampshire – 13th to 16th June
-Latitude Festival, Suffolk – 18th to 21st July
-Boardmasters Festival of Music and Surfing, Cornwall – 7th to 11th August

Click here for top sun protection sunscreens to buy.

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