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PLAY IT SAFE IN THE SUN

By making a few preparations you'll be ready for any little emergencies that might arise!

 

WHAT ARE UV RAYS?

UVB rays tan and burn the skin. They damage cellular DNA and increase the risk of developing Skin Cancer. UVA rays injure the skin's collagen and elastin fibres, "prematurely" ageing or photo-damaging your skin.

Avoid pain and skin damage by starting with high Sun Protection Factors (SPF). If you do get sunburnt, stop further exposure and use a total sun block. It's the loss of skin moisture through burning that will cause the skin to blister and peel.

BEACH BABES

  • Parents, keep babies less than 9 months out of direct sunlight and children under 3 years in the shade.
  • Ensure your child drinks lots of fluid to prevent dehydration and avoid the mid-day sun between 12 and 3 pm.
  • A must for children - a hat and dry T-shirt.

 

HOT TIPS

  • Apply Total Sun Block to moles and pigmented skin areas.
  • Use Water Resistant Lotions as UV rays penetrate the water's surface.
  • Sand and concrete also reflect harmful rays so wear sunscreen even in the shade.
  • UV Rays penentrate haze and clouds - use a sunscreen even when it's not sunny.
  • If you're taking prescription medication, and you're travelling abroad, bring enough with you to last the trip
  • Vaccination requirements may be needed for some destinations.

 


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