We all know how important protecting our skin from the sun is, and since the weather so far in 2017 has been mild, we can hope for a nice warm summer coming our way soon. In the UK the weather has been a pretty pleasant, with long warm spells during April and a winter that saw relatively little snow, with one of the driest Aprils in almost 40 years.
With all this warm weather there is many more reasons to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. However as ever, it is important to stay protected from the suns dangerous UV rays.
May 8th – May 14th sees Sun Awareness Week fall upon us, giving us a reminder of how best to approach the summer. Research conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists found that 8 out of 10 people are failing to adequate apply sunscreen. The survey also found that 70% of people fail to reapply sunscreen every two hours as recommended. So make sure you are regularly applying it!
Sun safety tips
Failing to protect yourself from the sun can have devastating consequences, with over 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the U.K each year and it being the #1 most common cancer in the United States.
To ensure you are protected here is a quick rundown of everything you need to know to stay protected from the sun.
- Spend time in the shade between the hours of 11am-3pm
- Make sure you never burn
- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- Take extra care when out in the sun with children
- Use a minimum of factor 15 sunscreen
- Importantly, remember to not use sun protection which has passed its expiry date; this is normally two to three years.
- After swimming, always reapply sun protection. The ‘cool feeling’ after going in the water may make you feel like you are not burning but in fact this is the most dangerous time. Water-resistant sun cream can also be rubbed off from a towel or when sweating, so always reapply.
- If you have moles or freckles, your risk of getting skin cancer is higher than average so it’s important to take extra care. You can use this handy mole-assessment tool to understand what your moles are telling you.
- If you do get sunburnt, using cool aloe-vera after sun wipes with keep your skin hydrated. And refreshing wipes when you are too warm.
And don’t think just because Sun Awareness Week in a UK National week doesn’t mean people in other countries don’t need to make sure their skin is also protected. As the weather starts to improve everyone around the world needs to ensure that they're taking the necessary precautions. The upcoming months are the best time of year so all of us at We Love Wipes hope you have a great summer!