If you're flying off to sunnier climes this winter, you can never be to careful when it comes to the sun. Leading skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK, have provided their top five tips for staying protected.

Slip, slop, slap

An average body needs a full shot glass size of suncream to covers themselves adequately, around 20 minutes before you go outside. Apply sun cream again after going into water and reapply every 2 hours.

Bin the base tan

The idea of a base tan protecting skin is a myth. The process of acquiring a tan damages the skin, with the skin turning a brown colour to protect itself. Short, sharp sessions on a sun bed can be up to 15 times stronger than the mediterranean mid-day sun.

Avoid burning

The early evening sun can still be dangerous, especially in countries with warmer climates. Suncream should be applied again after showering or utilise an aftersun that offers sun protection.


You only need a brief period of exposure of around 10-15 minutes in the sun to give your body its daily dose of vitamin D.

Check yourself

Keep a check on our skin and make regular checks, using pay day as a guide, if you notice anything unusual always seek medical advice.

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