• August 5, 2015

    Save your skin this summer

    It’s not often that we get wonderful weather in the UK so when we do we’re obviously going to make the most of it, and when we’re on holiday, well, we’re going to enjoy the hot weather and the sun beating down on us that bit more.

    So far, so idyllic. However as we’re sure you’ve heard, sitting out in the sun and absorbing that much-needed vitamin D also comes with it’s drawbacks, one of which is non melanoma skin cancer. And as much as you need to relax, unwind and maybe get a tan, being aware of the causes of skin cancer and how to prevent it could save you a diagnosis later in life. We’ve compiled a short list of what you should know before you head outside and whilst you’re out there:

    Before

    Lather up in a sun cream with an SPF 15 or more that has a good UVA protection (noted by the stars – the more the better). If you’re using a one-application-a-day sun protection you need to apply it at least half an hour before your skin’s exposed to the sun.

    Make sure you have sunglasses, a hat and loose clothing, such as a t-shirt or kaftan, with you so you can cover up if you get too hot or find yourself out when the sun’s at it’s highest and hottest.

    During

    Re-apply your sun cream regularly, especially after swimming (even if your cream says it’s water-resistant) and if you think any could’ve rubbed off on clothing.  

    Between the hours of 11am and 3pm when the sun is at it’s highest find a shaded spot to rest in.

    After

    Post-sun exposure, soothe your skin and treat any sunburn with aloe vera gel. Keep Palmers Cocoa Butter close by too for a great after sun moisturiser.

    What to look out for

    Non melanoma skin cancer is easy to treat and cure as long as you’re aware of the signs and symptoms and get them checked by a doctor straight away. The most common symptoms are developing a new mole or noticing changes in your skin or an existing mole.

    If you have a mole that is:

    – Getting bigger

    – Changing shape, particularly getting an irregular edge

    – Changing colour – getting darker, becoming patchy or multi shaded

    – Loss of symmetry – the two halves of your mole do not look the same

    – Itching or painful

    – Bleeding or becoming crusty

    – Looking inflamed

     

    So whilst getting some sunshine is nice, being kind to your body is nicer.

     

    If you’re concerned about your skin, visit the NHS website or book an appointment with your GP.

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