Protecting Yourself From the Sun

There has been a large increase in skin cancers over the last 20 years. It’s now the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting over two million people every year. This has prompted many people to take skin protection much more seriously. Around 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers have been linked to excessive exposure to the suns ultraviolet (UV) radiation so it’s a really good idea to think about protection when out and about.

There are 3 basic ways that people choose to protect themselves:

Sun creams – these work by applying a barrier to the skin, which reduces the amount of UV rays reaching the skin. The largest problem is ensuring that full coverage is obtained, particularly on young children who are far more interested in playing in the sand! People also overestimate the amount of protection afforded by sun creams and tend not to re-apply as often as they should, particularly after swimming.

Protective clothing – this type of clothing is becoming more popular and many people find it an easier option for young children. The basic problem is that it’s virtually impossible to protect the whole body and therefore such clothing has to be used in conjunction with sun creams.

Beach tents – these are probably the most effective protection since they provide shading for the whole body. Young children also find them a great den in which to play.

Sun Protection
Courtesy of: Beach Tent Store



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