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Friday 20 September 2019

Follow these rules when lying in the sun

AVOID excessive sun exposure at peak hours (usually between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) This is extremely important for children.

Children under the age of three should not be exposed to direct sunlight.

Keep yourself well covered, including a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses. Not all clothing provides the same degree of protection. Choose a fabric which has tightly woven material.

Children should wear a hat which can be tied under the chin to stop them from taking it off. It is also important that children wear wrap-around sunglasses.

Use a sunscreen generously with an SPF 25 or higher with UVA protection. Ensure the sunscreen is applied to all exposed areas not protected by clothes or a hat. Follow the usage instructions on the sunscreen pack.

Most people do not apply enough sunscreen. According the European Commission, six filled teaspoons of sunscreen are needed to cover the whole body of an average-sized adult.

Don't forget your ears, the nape of your neck and your feet when applying.

Most ranges have a kid's spray which is blue so you can ensure you have applied it to all exposed areas.

Some medication may make you more prone to sunburn. These include some acne medications and some anti-inflammatories, e.g. aspirin. Check with your GP if you have any concerns about the medication you are taking.

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