Wednesday 7 December 2016

Slap on the sunscreen

Published 12/05/2015 | 02:30

Sunscreen should be worn every day
Sunscreen should be worn every day

We will get plenty of cloudy cool days between now and the end of the summer.

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But don't be complacent about the lurking dangers of the sun even during dull weather.

From April to September, ultraviolet (UV) light levels in Ireland can be high enough to damage skin and increase skin cancer risk, warns the Irish Cancer Society.

It found UV levels across Ireland were high enough to cause skin damage on almost 90pc of the days between April and September last year.

You can check the Society's UV index daily at www.cancer.ie.

* Seek shade when UV rays are at their strongest - generally between 11am and 3pm.

* Cover up by wearing a shirt with a collar and long shorts. Also wear a hat that gives shade to your face, neck and ears.

* Wear wraparound sunglasses - make sure they give proper UV protection.

* Slap on sunscreen: Use sunscreen with SPF 15 (SPF30 for children) or higher and UVA protection 20 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours - more often if swimming or perspiring.

* Check the UV index - cancer.ie/uvindex.

* Keep babies under six months out of the sun.

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