It's that time of year again when we can all look forward to enjoying some sunshine.
Some of us may even be heading off to hotter places to try and catch some rays. However, there are a few things to remember - especially as skin cancer is on the rise in teenagers and young adults. Here are my top 10 things to bear in mind...
- Make sure you use a good sun-block - at least SPF 30 with both UVA and UVB protection.
- Cover up parts of your body that are going to be exposed for long periods of time - maybe time to get a hat?
- Try to avoid the sun when it is strongest (around mid-day) - use this time to do other things.
- Make sure you have breaks, go into the shade and drink plenty - go for a dip in the pool (but remember to re-apply your sun-block afterwards!)
- Be extra careful with small children - they can't handle heat as much as adults and are more susceptible to sun damage.
- Never use oil instead of sun-block - it does not protect your skin at all. Do you really want to look like a fried chicken?
- As well as skin cancer, the sun is a major cause of skin ageing - if you want to look younger for longer then be kind to your skin and protect it! Remember to put sun-block on your face!
- Why not try a spray tan or self-tanning kit instead? They look just as good and don't have any of the risks. There are some really good fake tans out there that aren't very expensive and don't look streaky.
- So what's the deal with tanning pills and injections? Simple: they are dangerous and illegal so steer well clear! Sun beds will increase your chances of getting skin cancer by 75% and are illegal for under 18's.
- You don't have to be on a beach to be vulnerable. The sun is reflected off water and snow so remember to pack the sun-block as well as your ski's!
We all know people like to tan - the sun also makes us feel good and helps us to get Vitamin D. Enjoy it, but make sure you do it safely and sensibly.
Check out my chat about tanning myths here: BBC Revealed