Wednesday 28 September 2016

How to stay safe in the sun

Published 26/05/2015 | 02:30

7 - the average number of hours a holidaymaker spends each lying out in the sun on holidays to get a tan.
7 - the average number of hours a holidaymaker spends each lying out in the sun on holidays to get a tan.

Some 10,000 people will be told they have the most common form of skin cancer in Ireland this year, so it's important to choose a sun-protection cream that is right for you.

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* Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher for children.

*l Apply to dry skin 20 minutes before going outside.

* For the average adult you will need a measure of half a teaspoon of sunscreen to cover each arm, the face, neck and ears. Use a measure of one teaspoon for each leg, the front and the back of the body.

* Reapply every two hours.

* If you still have last year's sunscreen put it in the bin as it is no longer effective.

* Store at below 30°C.

*Choose a water-resistant type if sweating or if you are involved in water sports.

* Be cautious about claims that sunscreen can be applied once a day. It does not take account of application mistakes or being rubbed off.

* Taxi drivers and others who are behind the wheel for long periods during the day should always wear sunscreen as UVA rays, the ones that age the skin, can come through.

* It takes 20 minutes for naked skin to turn red. Using an SPF 15 sunscreen on the same skin prevents reddening 15 times longer.

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