24 June 2015
We all love the sunshine – and who can blame us when we see so little of it in the UK! But we Brits are notorious for over-doing it on the tanning time and scorching our poor pale skin as a result.
So skin care experts and charities are again warning over 50s in the UK about the dangers of over-exposure to UV light. Renowned for their ‘it’ll never happen to me’ attitude towards sun safety, the difficult to reach over demographic are putting themselves at worrying risk of skin cancer.
In 2012 it was announced that cases of malignant skin cancer had trebled in 30 years and now 250,000 Britons are affected by non-melanoma skin cancer every year, with almost three quarters of male diagnoses occurring in over 50s.
To care for your skin in the sun the Skin Care Foundation recommend the following:
- Stay in the shade during the hottest parts of the day – ideally between 10am and 4pm
- Cover up with clothing including a brimmed hat and sun glasses with UV protective lenses
- Use a sunscreen that shields against both UVA and UVB rays in SPF 15 or higher
- Never use UV tanning beds!
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