This summer

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SMALL STEPS10WAYS -

WHILE we may not typ­i­cally have long hot summer days, we still need to get smart with our sun­screen and heat pro­tec­tion. The Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety (ICS) has said cases of skin can­cer have jumped by 70pc be­tween 2005 and 2015 in Ire­land, and the char­ity has launched its an­nual SunS­mart cam­paign, re­mind­ing peo­ple of the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing their skin over the com­ing months. Here are top 10 tips to help you keep suns­mart.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

The Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Der­ma­tol­o­gists re­cently launched the World UV app. Down­load it to your phone and you’ll have real-time in­for­ma­tion about daily UV lev­els on 10,000 lo­ca­tions across the world at your fin­ger­tips as well as tips on sun pro­tec­tion and info about in­di­vid­ual skin types. The app will alert you when UV rays are at dam­ag­ing lev­els. Ac­cord­ing to the Ir­ish Skin Foun­da­tion, when­ever the UV in­dex is re­ported as be­ing 3+ whether at home or abroad, you need to take steps to pro­tect your skin. They add that even in Ire­land, you should make sun pro­tec­tion “part of your daily rou­tine, par­tic­u­larly from the end of March to Septem­ber, when the in­ten­sity of sun­burn pro­duc­ing UV ra­di­a­tion is great­est.’’

OB­SERVE THE 5 Ss

Slip Slop Slap was the sun pro­tec­tion mantra pop­u­larised in Aus­tralia in the 1980s and with good rea­son; Aus­tralia has one of the high­est rates of skin can­cer in the world. Now it’s been up­dated and has been adopted as the of­fi­cial slo­gan of the Ir­ish Skin Foun­da­tion. It’s a sim­ple way to re­mem­ber the most im­por­tant things you can do to pro­tect your­self when you’re in the sun: Slip on a T-Shirt with a col­lar; Slop on broad spec­trum (UVA/UVB) sun­screen with a sun pro­tec­tion fac­tor (SPF) of at least 30+ with high UVA pro­tec­tion, and wa­ter re­sis­tant if you in­tend to swim; Slap on a wide-brimmed hat; Slide on sun­glasses with UV pro­tec­tion; and Seek shade, espe­cially be­tween 11am and 3pm, when UV rays are strong­est.

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