To prevent skin damage, dress carefully before going out in the summer sun.
The parts of the body that people often leave exposed to the full force of the sun's rays are the face, neck, arms and legs. Research shows the face is burned more often than any other part of the body. People also commonly suffer sunburn on their legs, arms and shoulders. These are the places where people most commonly develop melanoma and other skin cancers.
Before going out in the sun, make sure you have clothing and a hat to protect your face, ears, nose, shoulders, trunk, arms and legs. Put sunscreen on any exposed areas of skin.
The best way to avoid a sunburned face if you are outdoors in summer is to wear a wide-brimmed hat. You also need sunscreen for your face and neck, applied thickly, before you go out in the sun. Sunscreen will wear off and sweat off.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can cause damage to the eyes and the sensitive skin around them. Wearing a broad-brimmed hat can reduce the amount of UVR reaching the eyes
Students and staff may be exempt from wearing a sunhat due to cultural or religious beliefs. In this case, the other methods of sun protection, such as seeking shade, and wearing sunscreen and sunglasses, should be emphasised.
Make your hat a fun part of summer, and choose something which you like and feel good wearing!
Most fabrics will give some protection from the sun, but there are basic guidelines for choosing the best type of fabric.