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Brits risk sunburn in pursuit of tan

Tanned skin can look great, but is it really worth jeopardising your health to get it?

Unfortunately a lot of Brits seem to think so, particularly after the bad weather we have had to put up with over the last few months.

A new survey carried out by Cancer Research UK and Nivea Sun found that a significant number of people are willing to forego sun protection in a bid to get a tan this summer.

When asked if the bad weather experienced in the UK last year will make them less likely to use protection when in strong sun this summer, ten per cent said yes.

Furthermore, nearly a third of respondents claimed that the chance to sunbathe and get a tan is one of the main reasons they go on holiday abroad.

Perhaps the most alarming finding of the survey was that many people still avoid protecting themselves in the sun even though they are aware of the potential health risks.

Close to 90 per cent of respondents said they know that too much sun exposure is the main cause of skin cancer.

However, only 65 per cent plan to use sunscreen of at least factor 15 this summer and just 36 per cent claimed they spend some time in the shade when in strong sun.

“We know it’s been tough getting through the long winter, especially when last summer was such a wash out, but it’s still important to avoid getting sunburnt when it finally makes an appearance.

“We all need some sun to make vitamin D for healthy bones, but overexposure to the sun’s rays can cause sunburn, which is a sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged. Not only can this cause premature ageing and wrinkles it increases the risk of skin cancer,” commented Yinka Ebo, Cancer Research UK senior health information officer.

An easy way to keep skin protected during the summer is to install a shade sail. These structures are durable, easy to set up and can block out as much as 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays.

Don’t let sunburn ruin your outdoor fun

After months of wet, windy and downright miserable weather, the UK finally got a bit of sunshine over the bank holiday weekend.

With such glorious hot and sunny conditions, it’s understandable that people wanted to spend as much time outside as possible.

What’s more, being out in the fresh air is a great way to spend time with friends and family and can also boost your sense of wellbeing.

However, this can easily be spoilt if you don’t take precautions against sunburn. A recent study of residents in Queensland, Australia found that an alarming number of people don’t do enough to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun.

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research and Queensland Health discovered that one in eight men and one in 12 women in the Australian state got sunburnt on an average weekend.

While warm countries such as Australia see more sunshine, these findings are still relevant to places like the UK where sunbathing is a hugely popular and potentially dangerous activity.

The survey also discovered that people aged 18 to 24 are seven times more likely to suffer sunburn than those over 65. The chances of someone aged 35 to 44 getting burnt are five times more common.

Dr Peter O’Rourke, one of the report’s authors, said the time lapse between people getting sunburn and developing skin cancer may mean individuals are failing to appreciate the risks.

“You don’t get sunburnt and then the next day develop skin cancer, there are several decades of lag and it is often difficult to associate, when you are young, that these things are going to happen to you years later.

“The consequences are not obvious at the time of the behaviour,” he stated.

Mr O’Rourke added that people may need to be constantly reminded of the dangers of sunburn and the benefits of staying protected.

An easy and practical way to limit the harmful impact of the sun is to install a shade sail, which can block as much as 98.8 per cent of UV rays.

Sun Awareness Week kicks off

This week (May 6th to 12th) is Sun Awareness Week. As the name suggests, this campaign is all about educating and informing Brits on how they can stay safe in the sun.

It has been organised by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) and is run by the organisation’s Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, which is comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging.

The campaign takes a two-pronged approach that aims to make people aware of how they can avoid sunburn and also how to detect potential signs of skin cancer.

One of the major features of the week is the release of the free World UV app for mobile phones. It has been created by BAD in cooperation with the Met Office to provide people with a daily UV forecast for more than 10,000 locations across the globe.

This will help Brits know what the weather has in store and plan for sunny days, whether they are at home or abroad.

It is available on both iPhones and android models and gives sun protection advice that is specific to people’s skin type.

The campaign will also see the return of the Mole & Sun Advice Roadshow, which will travel the country spreading the sun awareness message.

It was a huge success last year and will use practical, face-to-face demonstrations and engagement with the public to encourage people to check their skin, use the appropriate UV protection and visit a doctor if they notice any changes to their skin.

Here at Shaded Nation we are passionate about sun safety and fully support the message of Sun Awareness Week.

Our sail shades are a great way to stay protected while the sun is shining. They are specifically crafted to limit the harmful effects of the sun and can block out as much as 98.8 per cent of UV rays.

Want to know some more? Click here to find out.

Early appointments ‘key to tackling sun cancer’

Patients who are concerned they may have skin cancer should take any appointment they are offered as early as possible to try and catch the disease before it develops.

This is the advice of dermatologists and skin cancer specialists at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge.

As part of Sun Awareness Week, doctors and nurses at the hospital are asking people to take up appointments at the earliest opportunity to diagnose and treat skin cancer a quickly as possible, Cambridge News reports.

Vicky McCorran, a skin-cancer-specialist nurse, said that if a person is concerned about a lesion on their skin being cancer, they should go to their GP who could potentially refer them to hospital, where they would go on the two-week waiting list for the cancer pathway.

Ms McCorran said it is important for people to realise this doesn’t necessarily mean they have skin cancer, but it’s important to get the skin looked at as soon as possible just in case.

“If they are seen by a specialist at the hospital and are referred for surgery, this needs to be done in 31 days – it is a national target that hospitals have to achieve,” she stated.

“These targets are in the patients’ interests as the sooner they are diagnosed the sooner they can have all the necessary treatment.”

Ms McCorran said a lot of people don’t realise that nearly 3,000 die from skin cancer each year in the UK and the “earlier it is detected the better”.

Sunburn is one of the major causes of skin cancer and protecting your skin can go a long way to limiting your chances of contracting the disease.

Keeping your skin covered on a sunny day and applying sun lotion to any exposed areas is strongly recommended.

Shade Sails are also effective at limiting the dangers of the sun. Unlike parasols or umbrellas, they are designed with sun safety specifically in mind and block up to 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays.

To take a look at the shades we have to offer, visit our online store.

Hull teenagers record sun-safety rap

A group of teenage girls have recorded a rap that aims to educate young people across the UK about sun safety.

The Daisy Chains of Cottingham near Hull, won the Humberside Police Lifestyle Challenge for their song, which warns about the dangers of the sun, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

However, their success did not stop there, as the girls’ rap was noticed by sun cream company SunSense, which paid for the group to travel to Manchester and record the song.

“It is great to think our rap will be played in schools across the country for children to listen to and join in and at the same time learn about sun safety,” commented 15-year-old Chloe Allenby, one of the group members who went to Blueprint Studios for the recording.

The Daisy Chains had originally contacted SunSense for some free sun cream products to give away as they ran a stall to help raise awareness about sun safety.

However, the company was so impressed with the girls’ efforts that they offered them a chance to record the rap.

“We were delighted when the Daisy Chains approached us with their sun awareness rap. It fits perfectly with the important sun safety messages we are trying to get out there as part of our Sun Sensible campaign and we were so impressed that we’ve put it on our website for everyone to see.

“It is so important that young people are aware of the risks of sun damage from an early age and learn how to protect themselves,” commented Karen Kennedy, marketing manager at SunSense UK.

SunSense is currently running the Sensible Sun Campaign, which aims to promote sun awareness in schools throughout the UK.

An increasing number of schools are protecting their pupils from the threat of sunburn by installing sail shades.

These structures block nearly all of the sun’s harmful UV rays and can help children enjoy the benefits of outdoor learning and pay, while minimising the risk of sunburn.

Here at Shaded Nation we are used to providing sail shades to schools and can offer bespoke designs or pre-made structures.

If you’d like to listen to the Daisy Chain’s rap you can find it here.

Asda launches new sunburn campaign

Asda has teamed up with the British Skin Foundation to launch a new skincare campaign.

The ‘Don’t Get Burnt’ initiative aims to keep the supermarket’s customers protected from the sun for less and raise awareness of the health risks associated with sunburn.

A recent survey carried out by the company found that a worrying 57 per cent of Brits could be wearing out-of-date sunscreen, while a further 56 per cent admitted they don’t apply the product often enough.

This increases the risk of contracting skin cancer – a disease that 100,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with each year and claims 2,500 lives.

Being careful with how much you expose yourself to the sun is one of the easiest ways to limit your chances of developing skin cancer.

In a bid to ensure more people are protected, Asda has called on the government to cut VAT on sun care products.

Its survey found that 60 per cent of Brits think sunscreen is overpriced. This has led to 26 per cent of people using products that are over two years old and only offer a fraction of the protection they did when originally bought. Alarmingly, nine per cent of respondents said they never use sunscreen at all.

Under current UK tax law, VAT is set at 20 per cent for sunscreen, as it is deemed a ‘luxury item’ rather than an essential health product. Nearly two-thirds of the people surveyed (61 per cent) said they think this tax should be removed.

“As the sun comes out everyone is keen to enjoy the fun that comes with it. However, Brits need to take sun protection seriously. Malignant melanoma is the fastest rising common cancer in the UK and is particularly high in younger people,” commented TV personality Dr Dawn Harper, who is supporting the campaign.

If you’re keen to stay protected from the sun, have you considered investing in a shade sail? Click here to find out more.

Kids to get creative for sun safety

Children across the UK are being encouraged to get creative to promote sun safety.

Cancer Research UK and Nivea Sun have combined to create ‘The sun has got his hat on’ competition, which will encourage school children to use the phrase in their own poem, song or even a rap to help them remember the ‘Key Steps to Sun Safety’.

The steps are:
1. Spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm
2. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and t-shirt
3. Wear sunscreen and re-apply regularly, especially after swimming, sweating or changing clothes
4. Drink water to stay hydrated
5. If your own shadow is shorter than yourself, this means the sun is at its strongest and protection is needed

Pupils that compete in the competition stand a chance of winning a world weather workshop for their class, as well as a weather station for their school. The winning pupil will also receive Toys R Us vouchers for their entry.

One of the best ways to ensure your child fulfils the first of the Key Steps to Sun Safety is to install a shade sail. These attractive and durable structures are regularly used in gardens, schools and other public venues to provide shade from strong sun.

Here at Shaded Nation, we only sell high quality shades that are scientifically proven to block up to 98.8 per cent of harmful UV rays, meaning you can be sure that your child is well protected when underneath one.

Staying safe in the sun is incredibly important, as sunburn is one of the major causes of skin cancer, a disease that is affecting a worrying number of people each year.

One woman who survived the condition has recently started a campaign of her own to promote awareness of the issue.

Julie Foster of Widnes, Cheshire has set up the Safe Fun In The Sun project alongside fellow survivor Laura Newland, the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News reports.

The duo have designed sun bags that include a legionnaires hat and factor 50 sunscreen to be worn by local children at break times, during PE lessons and on school trips.

New product warns when sunburn is close

One of the main problems with sunburn is that you can never quite tell when it is going to occur.

Well, students at Michigan Technological University have developed a new product that could help to solve this problem.

They have created a patch that can be attached to your skin and will show you when you’re most at risk of getting burnt.

The patch is skin adhesive and UV sensitive, it displays an image that will slowly disappear as it is exposed to the sun’s rays. Once the image has vanished you will know it’s time to seek shade to avoid being burned.

The researchers have produced three versions of the product to take into account the fact that people have different skin types and not everyone burns at the same rate.

As the patch is UV sensitive, it will ‘notice’ when someone is in the shade or has applied sun lotion, meaning it provides an accurate picture of total damage.

Megan Frost, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, said: “There are other personal UV monitors out there, but what makes this one unique is that it’s extremely simple and inexpensive.”

The patch received the Best Overall Award in the invention disclosure competition at Michigan Technological University’s 2013 Undergraduate Expo. If made commercially available, it would be inexpensive to produce – costing just 13 cents (eight pence) per patch in materials.

It is thought the product could be ideal in helping parents ensure their children are staying safe while playing outside in the sun and would also be useful for protecting the tender skin of babies.

Sunburn is a painful and irritating condition that is proven to be directly linked to skin cancer. The best way to avoid getting burnt is to stay in the shade when the sun is at its strongest.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up indoors. A shade sail is the perfect way to enjoy being outside, while staying protected from the sun at the same time.

Here at Shaded Nation we provide shades made by Sail Shade World, which can block out nearly 99 per cent of harmful UV rays. Click here to learn more.

Stay safe in the sun with a Premium shade sail

If you’re searching for a durable, reliable and high-quality shade sail structure, look no further than Shaded Nation’s Premium range.

We only supply structures created by the renowned Australian manufacturer Sail Shade World and our Premium selection provides some of the best quality products on the market.

These structures are designed to turn an ordinary environment into an extraordinary one, while providing up to 98.8 per cent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays at the same time.

They are suited to a wide range of requirements and can provide a welcome shaded spot over a children’s playground, decked area, outside a commercial space or in a family garden.

While functionality is key, aesthetics have not been overlooked and the Premium range combines a stunning appearance with practicality.

Our shade sails are made using the latest equipment, techniques and technology and every detail has been taken into consideration.

Here are just a few of the benefits:
1. Heavy-grade commercial knitted fabric that looks and feels great
2. Seat belt edge webbing ensures reliability and durability
3. Interlocked and double-stitched seams mean corners will not fail
4. Anti-rust rings
5. UV stabilised thread that will not deteriorate in sunlight

What’s more, all of our shades are fully engineered and insured against British standards and eurocodes, meaning you can be sure you’re investing in a quality product that will last the distance.

We are confident in our shade sails and for that reason each structure we sell is covered by a ten-year warranty.

All of our clients have unique requirements that we are happy to fulfil. You can purchase a pre-made shade or opt for a bespoke design depending on your preference. Colour, size and shape are all up to you and you can even add a personal touch by having your own name or branding stitched on to the fabric.

Installation is straightforward and everything you’ll need is provided along with full instructions.

Visit our online store to take a closer look at the premium range.

Some things you might not know about sunburn

It’s fair to say that most people suffer from sunburn at some point in their life.

In the majority of cases it’s little more than an annoyance for a few days before fading away. However, there is a proven link between sunburn and skin cancer, which means it is vitally important to avoid getting burnt whenever you can.

The whole subject of tanning and sun exposure seems to have given rise to a lot of myths and misinformation, which could mean people are not taking the necessary precautions. We take a look at some of these misconceptions below.

A tan is healthy 

Many people see a tan as an indication of good health, but this isn’t necessarily the case. While contact with the sun’s rays is needed for vitamin D, overexposure is never a good thing.

Any form of tan indicates that your skin has been damaged by the sun and just because you don’t get burnt it doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being affected.

A base tan acts as a form of protection 

Another common misconception is the idea that developing a ‘base tan’ provides protection against sunburn. Indeed, in a recent survey by the British Association of Dermatologists and skin care company La Roche-Posay, found 65 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women incorrectly thought having a base tan would limit their chances of getting burnt.

However, the reality is that a base tan only provides a minimal level of protection and shows the skin has already been damaged.

You can’t get burnt on a cloudy day 

You might not know it, but it’s still possible to get sunburn even if the sun is hidden by clouds. This is because it’s actually the UV radiation in the sun’s rays that burns people’s skin, rather than the temperature – and these rays can penetrate cloud cover.

Looking for a way to enjoy being outside without having to worry about sunburn? A shade sail from Shaded Nationcan block up to 98.8 per cent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.