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Protecting from the sun

Many of us travel so we can spend more time in the sun, and few things in life are better than relaxing on a sunny, sandy beach. But people often underestimate the power of the sun, and can end up with painful or potentially dangerous sunburn.

The simple answer is to always carry and use plenty of sunscreen.

Why should I use sunscreen?

Apart from helping you avoid sunburn, sunscreen is necessary for protecting you against harmful sun-rays. These rays can cause skin cancer, skin discolouration and skin blotchiness, and can increase the appearance of wrinkles and ageing in skin.

Some people wrongly think that sunscreen isn’t necessary when the weather’s cloudy or cold. In fact, we are still exposed to 40 per cent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation even on a very cloudy day, and the sun can still be strong in winter, especially when rays are reflected on snow or water. People who overlook this fact are often those who get the worst cases of sunburn.

Which sunscreen should I buy?

Sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher are very good at protecting most skin types from the sun, although those with young, sensitive or pale skin should stick to an SPF of 30 or above. You are always better off wearing a higher SPF cream, so err on the side of caution. Try to buy your sunscreen before heading to the airport to avoid marked-up prices.

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