Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast
HomeHealthHealth Conditions

How to stay savvy in the sun

How to stay savvy in the sun

We all think we know what we should and shouldn’t be doing when we grab a few rays. But do we? Skin cancer is still on the rise, so it’s time to follow the rules and stay safe in the sun.

Do… lather on the protection

suncream

Reapply sunscreen every two hours. If you’re in the water, slap it on immediately after drying yourself, as towel drying removes even water-resistant products. Be sure to reapply if you’ve been sweating.

Use at least two tablespoons’ worth of sunscreen each time and apply that sun-protection factor (SPF) to all those places you don’t think are exposed to the sun too—like between your toes and behind your ears. UV rays bounce around, so every part of you needs protection.

Give up on that tan, once and for all. The UV rays that give you that golden glow are the same rays that are responsible for sun spots, wrinkles and, worst of all, skin cancer.

 

Don’t… confuse SPF with UVA protection

UVA protection

The SPF rating refers to the protection your sunscreen offers against UVB, whereas there’s a separate star rating (up to five stars) for protection against UVA rays, which also cause skin cancer.

Pick a potion with high ratings for both and never go below Factor 30.

Make sure you're not using an old bottle of sunscreen. The contents lose their strength over time. You should be using protection even if you're planning to retreat inside. UVA rays can penetrate through glass, so be especially careful on sunny car journeys. 

Sunscreen isn’t the only form of UV defence. SunPatch is a virtually invisible, flexible film that works like a shielding second skin, combining SPF factor 50+ and UVA protection.

This is a particularly savvy option for people with vulnerable areas of the skin, such as moles or scar tissue. It is also water-resistant, meaning you can spend your day splashing in the sea without worrying about topping-up your sun protection.

 

Ditch the bed

tanning bed

People who use tanning beds are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who don’t, according to a University of Minnesota study.

So don’t think it’s safer to get a summer glow that way. Opt for a spray tan every time.

 

 

Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit ipso.co.uk