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SAVE YOUR SKIN FROM SUNSHINE AND SEASONS

SAVE YOUR SKIN FROM SUNSHINE AND SEASONS

Now we've seen the back of the cold weather (we hope) and Spring is finally here, it's time to think about sun protection.

We don't want to rain on your sun parade by banging on about skin protection but at least it's a nice problem to have.

SUNSCREEN? IN THE UK, IN APRIL?

Yes, really. The sun now gets high enough for more ultraviolet (UV) to get through, and there can be enough to burn. Cloud cover provides some protection, but a clear sunny day (here’s hoping!) means lots of UV.

UV means skin damage, burning, wrinkles and a risk of skin cancer, so don't ignore it.

IT’S CHILLY OUT THERE! DO WE REALLY NEED SUNSCREEN?

Yes! Air temperature has no relevance at all to the strength of the sun’s rays. Just ask anyone who has been skiing and forgot their suncream. The lobster look is not good for apres-ski.

Spring sun won’t be quite as strong in the UK as in the Alps, but it is still perfectly capable of producing sunburn. Remember your sunscreen on any exposed skin, even if it just your face.

WHAT ABOUT VITAMIN D PRODUCTION?

Our bodies make vitamin D from the action of the sun’s rays on our skin, and we do need some exposure. We also need supplements in the winter months when there isn’t enough UV.

Vitamin D production depends on skin colour, time of day, time of year, reflections, altitude and other factors. With so many variables it is almost impossible to give guidelines. One suggestion is that ten minutes without sunscreen and with exposed face and arms is all that is needed. After that, wear sunscreen or cover up.

CAN I USE LAST YEAR’S BOTTLE?

It depends. Most sun cream bottles carry an expiry date of two to three years. If the cream has been stored in a cool dark place it should be fine to use. Of course if it looks or smells odd, don’t take a chance – bin it.

Whatever the weather; don’t forget the sunscreen. Here’s hoping for some warmer days to match that UV.

 

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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