It might not feel like it yet, but we’re nearly into summer, so now’s the time to start thinking about protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. This is especially important if you’re going somewhere hot for your hols, but even in this country the sun can cause skin damage.
The sun can create a whole load of problems for your skin, from premature ageing and wrinkles to discolouration and, most seriously of all, skin cancer. Skin cancer is caused by the sun’s UV rays and is one of the most common cancers in the UK. However protecting the skin can help prevent it.
Here are our top five tips for protecting your skin:
1) First and foremost, make sure you don’t burn in the sun.
2) Cover up – wear a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
3) Use a high factor sunscreen on exposed skin.
4) Keep your eye on the kids and make sure they cover up or use sunscreen too.
5) Stay in the shade when the sun’s at it’s hottest around midday.
Of course you don’t have to be in bright sun for skin damage to happen – even when it is cool and cloudy the sun’s UV rays can get through, so don’t be fooled! And don’t forget your lips – lip cancer is on the rise, so use lip balm with sun protection too.
Some sun is good for us of course, as it helps the skin produce vitamin D which is good for our bones, and after being cooped up all winter, who doesn’t want to get out in it? The main thing is to be sensible, protect your skin and don’t over do it in the sun.
We see lots of people with damaged skin at Laserase Bolton and, although we like to help all our clients look their best, we’d encourage everyone to take care of their skin in the sun to prevent long-lasting damage.
So, look after your skin and enjoy the summer – if we get one!