Safe in the sun
Stay safe in the sun with the 5 Ss: SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK, SLIDE
The best way to enjoy the sun safely is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen.
SLIP on sun protective clothing
Make sure you wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible e.g. shirts with long sleeves and high necks/collars and is made from close weave materials. This includes cotton, polyester and linen.
SLOP on some sunscreen
Make sure your sunscreen is broad spectrum and water-resistant- and SPF15 at minimum. Apply sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.
SLAP on a hat
Choose a broad brim hat to provide good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears, which are common sites for skin cancers. Caps and visors do not provide enough protection. Choose a closely woven fabric, because if you can see through your hat, UV radiation will get through.
Stay in the shade, especially between 11am-3pm, to reduce sun exposure.
SLIDE on some sunglasses
It’s important that both adults and children wear sunglasses – ideally that carry the British Safety Standard mark and offer 100% UV protection. Worn together with a broad-brimmed hat, it’s possible to reduce UV radiation exposure to the eyes by up to 98%.
On a final note, if we end up with a ‘typical’ British summer, please don’t think you don’t need to take precautions. We can’t feel UV rays – the heat from the sun comes from infrared rays, which can still burn you. This means we can still burn, even on cool days.