Top Tips On Protecting The Skin From UV

Top Tips On Protecting The Skin From UV

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some can come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps. People who get a lot of exposure to UV rays are at greater risk for skin cancer.

Sun safety tips
Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.

  • Make sure you never burn
  • Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • Take extra care with children
  • Use at least factor 30 sunscreen


  1. Shade
  2. Clothing
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Sunglasses
  5.  Hats

Children and sun protection
Take extra care to protect babies and children. Their skin is much more sensitive than adult skin, and damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life.

Children aged under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight.

From March to October in the UK, children should:

  • Cover up with suitable clothing
  • Spend time in the shade, particularly from 11am to 3pm
  • Wear at least SPF30 sunscreen
  • Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.