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Why it's important to protect your skin when out in the sun this holiday

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We spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and so it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun.
We spend a lot of time outdoors in summer and so it’s more important than ever to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun.
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The sun can be a wonderful thing – it keeps us warm, regulates our sleep, provides us with essential vitamin D, and generally makes us feel good.

But you can get too much of a good thing, especially over the long summer holidays, and overexposure to sunlight can speed up ageing and lead to cancer.

There are a few nagging questions related to black skins and cancer, so let’s get some basics out of the way first.

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