Top tips for staying safe in the sun

Dr Al Nasir, medical director and CEO at Dermacare Skin Centre, shares his expert advice

TOP TIP #1: APPLY SUNSCREEN

Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, making sure the label says ‘broad-spectrum’, which means it offers protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply 15 minutes before going outside, paying attention to your face, ears, lips and neck. Top up every two hours and after excessive sweating or swimming.

TOP TIP #2: PROTECT YOUR HEAD

Wear a hat to help protect the eyes, ears, forehead, nose, lips and scalp, which are areas often exposed to intense sun. A shade cap with drapes is a particularly good idea as it provides crucial additional cover for the neck. When you’re out and about, remember to carry plenty of water with you to stay hydrated.

TOP TIP #3: STAY IN THE SHADE

Limit your sun exposure by staying indoors or in the shade between 10am and 4pm when UV levels are strongest (use the ‘short shadow, seek shade’ rule). Take extra care to protect children; babies under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight and buggies or prams should be fitted with a sun shade.

TOP TIP #4: KEEP AN EYE OUT

Check your skin regularly and always watch for new marks or changes in skin colour. Keep a close eye on any moles and look out for alterations in size, texture, colour or shape. Visit your doctor should you have any concerns.