The sun is a wonderful thing. Being out in the sun can make you feel better, help you relax, and give you a healthy glow. We all like spending time in the sun. But the reality is, you can have too much. The danger of skin cancer is all too real. The ultraviolet rays of the sun cause, in some cases, cancerous growths to form on the skin. And the rays also cause premature ageing of the skin and the tell-tale signs of skin damage like wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging. By being sun-smart you can cut your risk of skin cancer and avoid damaging your skin, whether you live in London, Lisbon, or Lahore.

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  1. Stay Out of the Sun When It’s Strongest

During the few hot days of summer in London, and when you are abroad on holidays, stay out of the sun when it is strongest, which is between around 10am and 4pm. When you are outside, seek the shade. Keep outdoor activities for the early morning or the late afternoon or evening.

  1. Don’t Get Sun Burn

Avoid getting sun burned at all costs. When you get sun burn you dramatically increase your risk of developing skin cancer. Watch your skin and if it turns red, get in the shade. And don’t spend so long in the sun that sun burn is even a risk.

  1. Don’t Use Tanning Booths

You may want to build up a healthy glow but the best dermatology clinic London offers will tell you that tanning is a no-go, whether it is outdoors or in a salon. And when you sit under a tanning bed or in a tanning booth you are increasing the amount of UV light your skin receives, which results in a greater risk of developing a melanoma. Embrace the pale look to keep your skin safer – and looking younger for longer.

  1. Cover Up

If you do need to be in the sun for a substantial amount of time then cover up with clothing. Better still; choose clothing with built-in sun protection that will increase your safety. Wear a wide-brimmed hat when you are out in the sun and sunglasses with a high level of UV protection.

  1. Use a Sunscreen Everyday

When you live in London, for example, you probably don’t think you need to apply sunscreen every day but dermatologists will advise you to use a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 all the time. You can suffer skin damage from the sun even when the sky is cloudy. Keeping your skin protected on a regular basis helps build up a lifetime of protection, which means your skin is less likely to show its age.

  1. Check Your Skin

Check your body on a regular basis for any changes in the shape or size of your moles, or any areas of excessive redness or discolouration. Make an appointment with a dermatologist or your GP if you see any suspicious changes.