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Top 10 tips to protect your skin from the sun

Posted by Marten Ataalla on

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As Australia heats up this summer and awareness about skin cancer intensifies, we offer ten tips about how to protect your skin in the sun:

One: Always use a sunscreen or moisturiser containing an SPF of at least 15. That way you will have advance protection, regardless of whether you are in or out of the sun.

Two: Tightly-woven clothing helps deflect UV rays better than thin cotton T-shirts, especially if they are wet. Look for labels that indicate UV protection.

Three: Wear a hat whenever you're in the sun, especially if you are fair-skinned. A wide brim is best to shade the face.

Four: Apply plenty of sunscreen to all exposed skin. Don't forget tops of feet and back of the neck.

Five: Re-apply sunscreen frequently. Even though many brands claim to be waterproof, swimming, rubbing, or even sweating, will still eventually wear them off.

Six: Protect young babies by keeping them out of the sun altogether. Sun pods and shade parasols for pushchairs are essential.

Seven: Keep children out of the midday sun, and encourage them to wear a T-shirt over their swimwear.

Eight: Wear sunglasses. UV radiation can damage the eyes long-term, leading to cataracts.

Nine: Never use sunscreen to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.

Ten: Don't use sunscreen instead of protective clothing on skin that is not usually exposed - such as thighs or bottom.

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