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skin checked by their dermatologist once a year.

that burns easily, with a lot of moles or freckles, a his-

tory of sunburn or who have had significant sun exposure throughout life, red or fair hair, light coloured eyes, and

Even 30 minutes in the sun without protection is too long.

those who have a personal or family history of skin cancer, are more likely to develop skin cancer.

Always wear protective clothing, hats and shirts before going out into the sun.

According to Cancer Research UK, those with fair skin

As you move inland, above sea level, the sun’s rays become more intense.

Exposure to the sun while overdressed only adds to

People with naturally dark brown or black skin have a

skin distress, so do thick lotions and oils, such as pe-

lower risk of skin cancer, but people with darker skin can

troleum jelly, which prevent moisture evaporation and

still burn and develop skin cancers, especially on non-

therefore block pores, resulting in heat rash.

pigmented parts of the body like the soles of the feet.

Beware of the glare, particularly at the seaside, where you are unlikely to find natural shade. Do not rely on

Caring for your skin

a beach umbrella alone since it cannot protect the

Tips from the Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa on

very young or elderly from the reflected glare of sun

how to care for your skin include:

on sand. Instead, pitch a small beach tent, which will

provide adequate shelter.

Don't wait for a healthy red glow to appear before reaching for your hat or sunblock. In fact, most sun-

UV rays pass through glass. A person sitting near a

burns do not reach their peak colour until six to 24

window (unless tinted for sun screening) is also sus-

hours after sun exposure.

ceptible to the damaging rays of the sun.

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