PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN

Spending time outside is a great way to engage in physical exercise, reduce stress, and get vitamin D from sun exposure. It’s important, however, to make sure that when working and undertaking activities outdoors we protect our skin from the sun – ultimately to ensure we don’t increase our risk of skin cancer.

Find out how to protect your skin, especially in a country like Cyprus where sunlight is ample, and temperatures can get very high:

    • Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which protects both from UVA and UVB rays). Make sure it is water-resistant and has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher.
    • Apply sunscreen twice: 30 minutes before going out and then just before you do.
    • Most people do not apply enough sunscreen: as a rule of thumb, you should apply 2 teaspoons if only covering your head, arms, and neck. If covering your entire body, use another 2 teaspoons.
    • Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
    • Limit time spent in the sun, especially between the hours of 10am and 4pm, as that’s when sunrays are the most intense.
    • Wear clothing that covers skin that’s exposed to the sun – such as long-sleeved shirts or trousers.
    • Wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
    • Use lip balm – or sunscreen-containing lipstick – with an SPF of 30 or higher.
    • Stay under shaded areas as much as possible.
    • Drink plently of water to ensure you keep hydratant all day.

Thank you very much for your attention. I hope this presentation has been informative and I hope you stay safe this summer. Enjoy your conference!

Prepared for ISPA 2021 by Dr. Vily Papacharalambous, M.D , Dermatologist – Venereologist, Cyprus

 

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