Safe in the sun

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The best way to stay safe in the sun is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen – or to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK and SLIDE.

SLIP on sun protective clothing.
Wear clothing that:
• Covers as much skin as possible e.g. shirts with long sleeves and high necks/collars
• Is made from close weave materials such as cotton, polyester/cotton and linen

SLOP on sun screen
Wear a broad spectrum of sun screen on skin not protected by clothing. Apply it liberally to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply it every two hours.

SLAP on a hat
Choose a hat:
• With a broad brim to provide good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears (caps do not offer enough protection)
• Made from closely woven fabric – if you can see through it, UV radiation will get through.

SEEK shade
Stay in the shade, especially between 11am-3pm, to reduce sun exposure. Use other protection (such as clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen) to avoid potential reflected UV radiation from nearby surfaces.

SLIDE on some sunglasses
It’s important that both adults and children wear sunglasses – ideally that carry the British Safety Standard kite 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%.

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