Sunday 25 June 2017

Protect 'Celtic' skin

Three quarters of our population has the Celtic skin type which burns easily.
Three quarters of our population has the Celtic skin type which burns easily.

Over 75pc of our population have 'Celtic skin type' where we freckle and burn easily, said Dr Patrick Ormond, dermatologist at St James's Hospital in Dublin.

"We tan with difficulty, or not at all and we carry the highest risk of getting skin cancer," he said. "People with a fair complexion need to be extra careful in the sun. We can protect our skin by covering up (hat, sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing), seeking shade and using a 'broad spectrum' sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30."

Tips for spending time out in the sun include:

* Seek shade and cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants. 95pc of UV rays are blocked by cotton.

* Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades the head, neck, ears and face.

* Opt for wraparound sunglasses.

* Wear sunscreen and apply at least 20 minutes before going out.

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