Do not let the sun get under your skin

Do not let the sun get under your skin

Layers of the skin and damage of sun rays

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of sun protection – to limit the damage of what it can do under and to your skin.


A high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is the most important thing you can do to protect your skin and avoid skin cancer and all the nasty elements of it – eg Melanoma 


 This is a warning to use the ‘ slap, slop and slip’ expression as widely known in Australia – the country with no ozone layer that knows well the devastation the sun can cause to our delicate skin.


Slap on the hat, slip on a top and slop on the cream.


With the recent unexpected good weather we can get caught out, but if we are in the habit of applying sun cream/skin protection every day it becomes an important part of our daily routine. 


Sun damage is deadly and its effects are cumulative over time.


Dr. Pat Ormond, Consultant Dermatologist, St. James Hospital, a leading expert in skin cancer offers the following simple steps to help protect against the sun’s harmful effects


“Stay in the shade during the hottest part of the day and always wear sunglasses and a sun hat and when in the sun use a high sun factor and re-apply regularly.


By following these steps you could dramatically reduce your chances of getting skin cancer”


Dr. Ormond goes on to say “I see so many cases each year which could have been prevented by just being more careful in the sun”.


For every occasion you are in the sun without sun protection the clock is running.


Sun damage is occurring with any exposure to the sun without SPF.


To avoid this damage you should be sure that your sun cream is at least an SPF 30 and protects against UV-A and UV-B rays – (the long and short wave rays from the sun that cause the harm)


There are many different varieties of sun cream to stop the unwanted feeling of oily, grainy or greasy type protections.


As the good weather in Ireland is sporadic yet highly enjoyable –


Learn to enjoy it with the benefit of being protected and do not let it get under your skin.

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