It’s great to be having some hot weather! Here comes the Heatwave! However, too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. First of all, it can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK yet more than 8 in 10 melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable. A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight.
Who is at risk?
People that spend an extended amount of time working outdoors are, particularly at risk. If work keeps you outdoors for a long time your skin could be exposed to more sun than is healthy for you. Hence, you should take particular care if you have
* fair or freckled skin that doesn’t tan, or goes red or burns before it tans
* red or fair hair and light coloured eyes
* a large number of moles
Tips for managing your outdoor working
*Have frequent rest breaks and rest in shaded areas
*Do wear sunscreen
*Drink plenty of cool water (Try freezing a bottle of water to take with you in the morning, as the ice melts you’ll have a cool supply of water)
*Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you are thirsty you are already dehydrated. Instead, drink smaller amounts at regular intervals
*Limit caffeine intake, as this has a diuretic effect which increases water loss and dehydration
*Remove personal protective equipment when resting to help encourage