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How to protect your skin from harmful UV rays

May is national skin cancer awareness month and with rates of the disease rapidly increasing and 86% of all cases preventable, I want to share with you some top tips from national skin cancer awareness charity Skcin, on how to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays to prevent skin cancer.

First things first – avoid UV tanning and never allow your skin to burn!

Sunburn, reddening, peeling and even tanning of the skin, whether derived from the sun and/or sunbeds is clear indication of sun damage. When we burn, the superficial layers of the skin release chemicals that cause the blood vessels to expand and leak fluid, causing swelling, pain and redness. Without sun protection UV radiation starts to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin, causing damage to the DNA in our skin cells. Damage from UV is cumulative and irreparable which means once the tan fades the damage remains, which can result in serious consequences over time.

To prevent skin cancer check the daily UV forecast and when UV levels reach 3 or above – take action to protect your skin by following Skcin’s Five S’s of Sun Safety – Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide, Shade:

1) SLIP ON SUN PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

2) SLOP ON SUNSCREEN

3) SLAP ON A SUN HAT

4) SLIDE ON SUNGLASSES

5) SHADE FROM THE SUN

Kathryn Clifford, Co-founder Skcin