Sun Safety

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a 'healthy tan'. When your skin is damaged by the sun, it produces more melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour) to try to protect your skin from being damaged even more. Too much sun can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. High ultraviolet (UV) exposure in the first 10 years of life can double the risk of melanoma. UV can be high even in winter or when it is overcast. You can check the UV index with the free SunSmart app. Now the sun is not all bad. Children need some sun to help their body make Vitamin D for things like healthy strong bones but this can be as little as 10-15 minutes per day. So how best to p

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