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LIVINGLIVING

1. Slip, slop, slap

An average body needs a full shot glass

size of suncream to cover it adequately,

and it should be applied around 20

minutes before you go outside into

sunshine. Apply sun cream again after

going into water and reapply every two

hours. You should really be putting on

Factor 50 as a sunscreen. Apparently a

lot of people won't use factor 50 because

it stops them from getting a tan, but if you

don't know it already, a tan is the body's

way of protecting itself from skin damage.

Skin is our largest organ. Hypothetically,

we wouldn't leave another organ to burn

in the sun would we?

2. Bin the base tan

The idea of a base tan from a sunbed

protecting skin in sunshine is a myth. The

process of acquiring a tan damages the

skin, with the skin turning a brown colour

to protect itself. Short, sharp sessions on

a sun bed can be up to 15 times stronger

than the Mediterranean mid-day sun.

Ok, so summer's turning into autumn, but if you have any

sunshine on your horizozn don't forget to take care of it!

SUNSHINE AND SKIN

W

hile this magazine

is focused

on living with

diabetes, the

fact is that our

overall health matters too. We may have

a blood sugar disorder, but our bodies

are all wrapped up in skin, so we need

to take care of that too. In the UK rates of

melanoma, the most dangerous form of

skin cancer, have doubled in the last 20

years, with 14,000 cases and over 2,200

deaths registered in 2015. Exposure to

sunlight is attributed as a high risk factor

with number of UK residents travelling

abroad having doubled between 1980

to 1989. In 2014, skin cancer was the

second most common type of cancer

diagnosed for 15 to 49 year olds. Males

are more likely to get skin cancer and

the rates of skin cancer in men have

increased at a greater rate than in women

over the 20 years from 1995. The UK's

leading skin cancer charity, Melanoma

UK, have provided their top five tips for

staying protected in the sun:

3. Avoid lobster look

The early evening sun can still be

dangerous, especially in countries with

warmer climates. Suncream should be

applied again after showering or utilise

an aftersun that offers sun protection.

Getting too much sun and going all red

like a boiled lobster is not a good look and

it' s no good for your skin. Avoid it!

4. Get your vitamins

We've often done coverage in this

magazine about the link between low

levels of Vitamin D being associated with

diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes. But any

decent health care professional will tell

you that if you want to make sure your

Vitamin D levels are correct, get outside

for 15 minutes a day (you only need a

brief period of exposure of around 10-15

minutes in the sun to give your body its

daily dose of vitamin D), eat a good diet,

and take a supplement if you think you

need to. Sunbeds are definitely OUT.

Don't be tempted. They really are not

good for your skin and don't get your skin

to produce any Vitamin D either.

5.check yourself,

before you wreck

yourself

Keep a check on our skin and make

regular checks, using pay day as a guide,

if you notice anything unusual always

seek medical advice.

www.melanomauk.org.uk

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