GPs in west Hampshire are asking patients to take care of their skin during the hot weather this week.
Following reports that Hampshire is due to be hotter than Barcelona for part of this week, it’s important to protect your skin.
The NHS recommends that anyone during the hotter weather should do the following to protect their skin:
- spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- take extra care with children
- use at least factor 15 sunscreen and keep reapplying
More advice, including useful tips and a video to explain how best to apply sunscreen, is available on NHS Choices here: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/skin/pages/sunsafe.aspx
Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG and local GP:
“Summer has well and truly arrived in Hampshire! It’s a great time to be outside, go out and about, and get some exercise, but please be ‘sun smart’ this week.
“The sun is very powerful and can do enormous damage to any exposed skin at this time of year. Take care of yourselves by applying sunscreen and staying in the shade during the middle of the day, and take extra care of children and babies, who are at particular risk because their skin is more sensitive to the sun.
“No one likes to get sun burnt and by following a few bits of advice, we can all make the most of this great weather. If you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, don’t forget to carry a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated”.