Tips on how to be safe under the Sun

Sun safety tips

Many of us love having fun outdoors but it is important to remember how to be safe under the Sun. Sun safety is extremely important everyday of your life because you are always going to be in the Sun. Although it is not as harmful in small amounts, you should protect yourself at all times to ensure you do not experience any effects of Sun exposure over time.

It is extremely important for parents to protect their children with 80% of a person’s lifetime Sun exposure being acquired before the age of 18.

 

How can the Sun negatively impact me?

 

The sun can dramatically change your skin over time and result in a shortened life span or uncomfortable conditions. Sun exposure can cause:

  • Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions
  • Sunburn
  • Wrinkles
  • Benign tumours
  • Freckles
  • Moles
  • Discoloured skin
  • Yellow skin discoloration
  • Dilation of small blood vessels

 

How can I protect my skin from the Sun?

 

Sun protection for your skin should be a vital part of your daily schedule. The Sun’s rays do provide you with vitamin D but you are still provided with your daily dose when utilising Sun protection.

Some tips to protect your skin from the Sun include:

  • Use sunscreen of 30SPF or higher 30 minutes before going outside (if swimming or sweating re-apply every 2 hours
  • Woman can ensure there foundation or moisturisers have SPF in them already to provide extra protection
  • Wear sunglasses and contact lenses that offer you full UV protection
  • Keep a wide brimmed hat in the car and wear it when outside
  • Cover bare skin from the Sun with long sleeve shirts and pants
  • Avoid direct sunlight exposure (UV radiation peaks between 10am and 2pm)
  • Self-examine your skin regularly, if you notice any changes in existing growths or new growths contact your doctor
  • Avoid tanning beds and tanning in sunlight
  • Get regular skin examinations by a doctor
  • As a parent, be a good role model and protect your child
Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
You can connect with Shenoa Gittins via Google+ and Facebook.

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