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Stay sun safe!

It can be tempting at the first sign of the sun to wear as little as possible and catch some rays, but there are some things to remember before you head out to your garden, the beach or park.

Seek shade The sun's harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays are strongest around midday, soaimto spend time in the shade between 11 am and 3pm.

Situndera tree or acanopy, carry a parasol or umbrella or wear a wide-brimmed hat.

Don't burn UV rays can damage your skin cells and cause blood vessels to swell and leak fluids. Your skin becomes hot and painful and you may even get blisters.

According to Cancer Research UK, sunburn can double your risk of skin cancer. Don''t forget how strong the sun is; it doesn't have to feel hot to damage your skin. Cover up Your best protection against the sun's rays is to cover as much of your skin as possible. If you can't get into the shade, wear loose clothing, a hat and sunglasses. All sunscreens have an SPF, the Sun Protection Factor. This measures its ability to help block out dangerous rays. The higher the SPF, the more protection you get. When choosing your sunscreen, make sure you buy one: * with an SPF of 15 or above * that is water resistant * that has a valid 'use by' date There's no need to fork out for a pricey brand. All sunscreens are tested and cheaper brands can be just as effective.

Remember: * apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun * apply to clean, dry skin, rub in lightly, use generous amounts * re-apply once outside to make sure you're covered * re-apply every two hours or more frequently if you've washed, rubbed or sweated it off * put it on before you put on anything like make-up, moisturiser and insect repellent. * Cancer Research UK's Sun-Smart website has got loads of information at www.sunsmart.


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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 4, 2010
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