Sun-smart tips from Weirs Pharmacy

As the summer holiday season begins, whether you are holidaying at home or jetting off to sun-drenched shores, Weirs Pharmacy have some tips to keep you and your family safe in the sun. UV rays are at their strongest between 11am and 3pm, so take to the shade as much as possible between these times. Use natural shade or a parasol. One of the simplest things you can do is to protect against UV is to cover up. Wear a top with a collar, three-quarter length sleeves and three-quarter length trousers. Tightly woven fabrics let fewer UV rays through, but stretched fabrics give less protection so wear loose-fitting clothes.

Wear a broad-brimmed hat to shade the face, neck, and ears. Eyes can be damaged by long-term UV exposure; wear wrap-around sunglasses and make sure they give UV protection. Use a good sunscreen, SPF 15 or higher. Apply to the skin 20 minutes before sun exposure, with half a teaspoon to cover each arm, the face, neck, and ears. Use one teaspoon to cover each leg, the front and back of the body. Approximately 35ml of sunscreen is required to cover the entire body.

Sun smart leaflets are available in Weirs Pharmacy. Pop in and speak with their sun care adviser today. Contact Weirs at (044 ) 9348462.

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