Get the right protection equipment

Protect yourself from harmful UV radiation

Avoiding the sun when it’s burning the brightest is the first step you can take to protect yourself and prevent solar keratoses and non-melanoma skin cancer. Try to stay out of direct sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm and avoid artificial sources of UV light such as tanning beds. 

Sometimes staying out of the sun just isn’t an option. Luckily, there is a whole range of products that can help you stay protected in the sun. 

List of sun protection equipment:

  • Sunscreen: Use sunscreen (Sun Protection Factor (SPF)  15+ or more) before you go out, and liberally re-apply often as sunscreens can wear off.  If you go swimming or do activities where you sweat, water-resistant sunscreens are recommended.
  • Cosmetics: Cosmetics with sun protection allow you to protect your face from the sun without compromising cosmetic features.
  • Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses with UV protection lenses to reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. 
  • UV-protective clothing: Clothing is the most effective form of sun protection.  The more skin you cover, the better protected you are. It is possible to get UV-protective clothing. It is made of fabric with a UV protection factor (UPF) of 50+. It is a good idea for people who are at risk or diagnosed with solar keratoses to wear this kind of clothing. 
  • Hats: Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your eyes, ears, face and the back of your neck. 
  • Long sleeves: Wear shirts with long sleeves to project your arms from sun exposure when staying or working in the sun. 
  • Swimwear: Sand and water reflect the sun’s UV rays, allowing them to hit your skin twice. UV- protective swimwear is made of fabric with a UPF of 50+ and comes with both short and long sleeves. There are also full-body suits for kids.
  • Sun shelters: Sun shelters (small tent, wind screen, etc.) are available with a UPF of 50+ and can protect against both sun and wind.
  • Umbrellas: Umbrellas come in different sizes and most of them have a UPF of 50+.
  • Marquees: Most marquees also provide a UPF of 50+ and are ideal for picnics, lunch, when working outside, camping and watching sports.