With extremely hot weather forecasted for this weekend, we would like to bring the following to your attention:

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Myths

  • The sun is only dangerous in summer or on a hot day
  • Tanning is safe, as long as I don’t burn –there is no such thing as a safe tan!!!
  • Sunscreen will protect me completely from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays
  • One or two cases of sunburn won’t result in skin cancer
  • People with darker skins are not at risk for getting skin cancer
  • Sunbeds are a safer alternate to obtain a tan

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Apply Sunscreen Correctly

  • It’s important to know the best SPF for your skin-type
  • Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply at least every two to three hours

Wear Protective Clothing

  • Wear sunglasses with a UV protection rating of UV400
  • Wear protective clothing & swimsuits and thickly-woven fabric hats with wide brims – avoid caps where the neck & ears are exposed

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Avoid the Following

  • Stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm – stay under the shade of trees or an umbrella as much as possible
  • Avoid sunbeds & sunlamps

Use an Effective Sunscreen

  • The new CANSA Seal of Recognition logo(CSOR) appears on approved sunscreen products and is a guarantee that the manufacturers of these UV protective products have complied with CANSA’s strict set of criteria
  • Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of between 20 and 50 & 30 and 50 for fair to very fair skin
  • Products usually expire two years after manufacture – don’t use a product that has been opened and used after a year has passed

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Visit CANSA’s website for more information: http://www.cansa.org.za/