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Saturday 18 August 2018

Stay safe in the sun

The recommendations...

•Apply factor 30 to all exposed areas, including ears and backs of hands.

•Pay special attention to vulnerable areas, such as the nose, shoulders, tops of the feet and back of the neck.

•Spread sunscreen evenly.

•Reapply after swimming or heavy sweating.

•Don't use sunscreen to prolong time spent in the sun.

•If you are fair-skinned, go without sunscreen for 15 minutes two to three times a week to ensure that adequate supplies of vitamin D can be manufactured by the skin; those with darker skins need longer. Vitamin D from sunlight helps to maintain strong bones and is associated with protection against some cancers.

...and the myths

•I cannot get serious sun damage in Ireland -- it's not hot enough.

Wrong. Most people think of sunburn as something that happens on holiday or in hot, sunny places. But most cases of sunburn happen at home, and when people are out and about, rather than sunbathing. You may be watching sport, gardening, walking around town or just sitting in the park.

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