- Avoid getting sun burnt – if you have five or more sunburns, your risk of developing skin cancer doubles.
- Avoid using tanning beds – the number of skin cancer cases, including melanomas, increased significantly in Iceland when tanning salons were introduced into the country. Iceland is a country where people have relatively very little sunlight exposure.
- Avoid tanning – sunbathing may make you look nice, but it also ages the skin and increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
- Clothing – wear long-sleeved shirts, pants (instead of shorts), a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses when out in the sun.
- Stay in the shade – the sun’s damaging rays are at their peak from 10am to 4pm. During these times, stay in the shade.
- Be careful with reflections – the sun’s UV rays reflect off snow, water and sand.
- Be aware of the UV index – it provides useful data when you plan to be outside and want to avoid too much UV exposure.
- Avoid tanning oils – as they do not protect from UV light, they can, in fact, increase your risk of becoming sun burnt.
- A suntan does not protect the skin – skin damage still occurs, even if you have a suntan. It is a myth to think that building up a base tan will protect you from sunburn. A tan is a sign of damaged skin.
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