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14th June 2018

Don’t forget your sunscreen whilst you’re out in the garden!

Do you love to be out in the garden?

Perhaps you fancy yourself as the next Alan Titchmarsh or maybe you just enjoy watching your other half in the garden as you direct them where to plant the pansies?

No matter what your gardening style is, there’s one thing that we all need to make sure we do before we throw on our gardening gloves and tend to our roses – and that’s to give our skin protection from the sun!

Even on a cloudy day in the UK, harmful UV rays penetrate clouds and can cause damage to our skin. With skin cancer rates at an all-time high and at least 100,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the UK[1], it’s so important to wear a high factor sunscreen to help keep your skin safe – even if you’re just nipping out for ten minutes to weed your patio!

Research[2] suggests that activities such as gardening or mowing the lawn could increase the risk of skin cancer in men as they are less likely to apply sun protection.

In fact, about 20% of skin cancer cases are those known medically as Squamous Cell skin Cancer (SCC)[3], where the cancer has developed in areas of the skin which has been exposed to the sun including parts of the head, neck, back of hands and forearms.

These are areas which we’ve found people can easily forget, especially when it comes to men without any hair on their heads!

Follow our simple steps to make sure you stay protected from UV rays whilst you’re out in the garden:

  • Apply a high factor sunscreen, such as SunSense Ultra, liberally to all areas of clean dry skin – not missing out the top of the head, ears and hands.
  • Wait 20 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Make sure you reapply every two hours, and especially after putting on gloves because wearing and removing clothing may cause the sunscreen to rub off.[4]
  • Protect your head by wearing a hat and your eyes by wearing sunglasses and stay in the shade where possible

Let’s make this summer the summer of less UV and protect ourselves from any damage the sun may cause.

Don’t forget to tag us in any gardening pictures @SunSenseUK!

For more information on the range, please visit sunsense.co.uk, contact ssmarketinguk@crawfordpharma.com or head to the social pages @SunSenseUK for news, updates and advice.

 

[1] Skin Cancer (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 May 25). Available from http://www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/SkinInformation/SkinCancer.aspx

[2] Public Health England. [Internet]. 2018 (citied 2018 May 25) Available from: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11064716/Dont-forget-sunscreen-when-gardening-men-warned-as-skin-cancer-rate-rockets.html

[3] Skin Cancer: Types [Internet]. 2015. (citied 2018 May 25) Available from: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/skin-cancer/types

[4] Sunscreen and Sun Safety. (Internet) 2016 (citied 2018 Jun 14). Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

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