Fingers crossed we are coming into that time of year where we will need sun protection. Although by right we should be wearing sun protection all year round.
When choosing a sunscreen you should always use as high an SPF where possible. The SPF level of sunscreen indicates the level of protection it offers against UVB rays. These are the rays that cause sunburn. If you have darker skin, people think that you don’t need to wear sunscreen, but this is not true. If you have a tan, this may be the result of damage from exposure to the harmful UV rays, from the sun. Skin cancer can sometimes take up to 10-15 years to develop. It’s never too early to start protecting yourself from the sun.
SPF should always be applied first thing in the morning. It’s recommended that you apply the SPF 20 minutes before exposure to the sun, and reapply frequently after swimming and sweating. Most SPF’s have a shelf-life of 2-3 years but always check the bottle to make sure.
Protecting your children is of paramount importance. Getting sunburns in childhood or teenage years can increase the risk of melanoma in later life so start protecting them now. Steps we can take to protect our children and ourselves are as follows:
- Stay in the shade – especially between the hours of 11am to 3pm.
- Cover up while out in the sun – wear wide brimmed hats, cover your neck and shoulders. Use umbrellas for strollers etc.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes -
- Always wear sunscreen – use the highest factor
- Check the UV index regularly – it will help you choose the SPF needed.
The sun can be harmful to us if abused but it also is the best natural source of vitamin D we can get. Vitamin D has several important functions. It’s necessary for normal growth, development of our teeth and bones. It also helps resistance against certain diseases. If we don’t get enough Vitamin D we are at risk of developing osteomalacia (soft bones), osteoporosis (fragile bones) and other bone abnormalities.
Bradley's Pharmacy have a range of sun creams and sprays that are now HALF PRICE!
Call into your nearest stock and stock up for the coming summer months.
The important thing is to be SunSmart and you can find out more information on this by checking out http://www.cancer.ie/reduce-your-risk/sunsmart