Tuesday 6 December 2016

Only half of us wear sunscreen in the summer

Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30

Ensure you wear sunscreen
Ensure you wear sunscreen

Just half of us admit to only wearing sunscreen in the summer. And even then we are only inclined to smooth on skin protection when the temperature hits 20 degrees.

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The risks of skin cancer is the biggest worry for eight out of 10 adults in Ireland, the findings from a La Roche-Posay study showed. Additional findings include:

• Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.

• When buying sunscreen, make sure it's suitable for your skin type and blocks both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.

• The sunscreen label should have the letters 'UVA' in a circle logo and at least 4-star UVA protection.

• At least SPF15 sunscreen is needed to protect against UVB.

• Make sure the product is not past its expiry date.

• Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years.

• To be most effective, sunscreen should be applied liberally. The amount of sunscreen needed for the body of an average adult to achieve the stated SPF is around 35ml or six to eight teaspoons of lotion.

• If you're worried you might not be applying enough SPF15, you could use a stronger SPF30 sunscreen.

• Remember to limit the amount of time spent in direct sunlight.

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