Spending time in the sun can be damaging to your body as it gives out ultraviolet radiation, this can cause skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin. You can take steps to reduce the risk of damage by using sunscreen, which helps to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. Over exposure the sun can damage your skin, which could lead to skin cancer, these risks are increased if you have fair skin. You should ideally use a sun block that has a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or more, and a UVA rating of 5 stars.
The most dangerous time of the day to be out in the sun with little protection is during the hours of 11am and 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its strongest. Even if it is cloudy, radiation from the sun will pass through light cloud, so it is still important to apply sun lotion on a cloudy day. Sunscreen should be applied generously and regularly, it is advised that you re-apply every 2 hours, more often if you go swimming as water washes sunscreen off.
For children, their skin is more delicate and can burn easily, therefore it is important to choose a sun lotion that is specifically designed for young skin as it will be formulated not to irritate their skin. Manor Pharmacy have a range of sun block that can help protect your skin from harmful radiation. For more information advice and tips on how to protect yourself from the sun's rays, view our Sun Care Advice page.