Take care in the heatwave

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Tuesday 30th June 2009

We’re all probably aware of the predicted ‘heatwave’ that’s meant to be hitting the UK, although judging by the dull days up here in the North, we don’t have too much to worry about just yet!

As a precaution however, it is important to make sure that you avoid ill health or skin damage by being just a little more vigilent than usual during the hotter, sunnier weeks.

It’s also important to take care of your skin when the sun is blazing, no matter how tempting it is to top up your tan! Remember, a sunscreen only protects you from UV rays and doesn’t block them completely, which means you can still tan safely by wearing a high factor sunscreen. This way you can avoid premature aging and protect against skin cancer.

It is predicted by the NHS and the Met Office that many will fall ill with sunstroke this summer, particularly the elderly, children and other ‘higher risk’ groups. Make sure that you check on your elderly relatives and friends and follow the points below to ensure that you stay safe this summer:

  • Keep your house cool by opening windows and buying a couple of fans
  • Keep a jug of water in the fridge so that you don’t become dehydrated
  • Wear a high factor sunscreen if exposed to the UV rays
  • Cool showers will soothe the skin and take the edge off a muggy, humid atmosphere
  • Wear a hat outside to shade the delicate skin on your face – you can still catch the rays under a fashionable wide-brim sunhat!
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