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- Cover up your body in dark, tightly woven material with a high UPF rating and wear sunscreen on the exposed areas.
- Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! Apply it liberally all over your body and re-apply every 2 hours. Also remember your delicate lips and use an SPF lip balm.
- Did you know the medication you may be taking could leave your skin more sensitive to UV light? If you’re unsure about the medication you are taking, speak to your doctor to confirm what effects your medication may have on this.
- Wear a hat to protect your head, ears and provide shade for your face. According to the Skin Caner Foundation http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/squamous-cell-carcinoma, skin cancer cases frequently occur on or around the head and neck, as well as the arms, hands and legs. 21
- Be mindful of reflected UV light from surfaces such as sand or water.
- Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds at all costs, especially if you are fair skinned as it may lead to skin growths, actinic keratosis or malignant melanoma.
- Be it summer or winter, no matter the weather, the sun is dangerous all year round as UV radiation can penetrate through the clouds.