You should also avoid being in the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm because during those times sun is at its most intense and can cause sunburn in just 20 minutes!
It is also a known fact that activity in the sun is better than inactivity, i.e. a person running around and playing or being active on the beach is most likely to gain an overall tan, rather than someone who lays down sunbaking (who not only has an uneven tan, but usually has increased risk of sunburn). Of course though, no-one should either lie in the sun or frolic on the beach without strong sun protection.
Now this might sound silly, BUT be aware of reflections!
You might have noticed while driving in a car on a sunny day that your right arm becomes sunburnt…. well that is because the UV rays are enhanced by the reflective glass, which ultimately means increased risk of sun damage. The same can be said for reflections from water, snow, sand, cement and in fact any reflective surfaces so avoid reflective sun damage.
Another interesting fact to remember is that sunlight can penetrate water down to three metres, so sun damage can also occur while swimming under water.
Stick to these healthy tips and not only will you be helping prevent that unhealthy, unattractive “leather” skin appearance, but more importantly, you will be doing your best to protect against melanoma.