How to apply sunscreen correctly
Sounds simple doesn’t it? However people are still applying and using sunscreen incorrectly or not at all. Skin cancer deaths in the UK have increased by almost triple since the 1970’s according to cancer research UK. But these rates are projected to fall by 15% between 2014-2035 as people become more aware of the devastating effects of skin cancer.
Follow these top tips for getting the most protection from your sunscreen:
- Make sure you are using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and check that it is a broad spectrum SPF which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply sun cream before going outdoors, allow the cream to sink into your skin for 15 minutes before heading out into the sun because this is the amount of time the cream will take to absorb and provide protection.
- Don’t forget areas like your ears, tops of your feet, between your toes, your neck and lips and eyelids, yes even your eyelids are at risk of skin cancer so protect them by wear good quality sunglasses.
- Don’t scrimp on the amount of sunscreen you’re using, most adults require about an ounce of sunscreen to cover their body which is about a palm full amount.
- Make sure you are reapplying sunscreen every couple of hours whilst you are outside, and reapply after swimming or exercising.
If you have any concerns about skin cancer or would like to have any moles checked, Dr Jack Mann consultant dermatologist holds clinics on Tuesday evenings.