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.