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Protecting your skin while camping


When you are camping you are exposed to the elements and as sunlight is the main cause of most skin cancers, you need to protect your skin from the dangers of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation damages the DNA cells by reddening and burning the skin.  You should understand what UV rays are and how they can affect your health.

UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so you should ensure that you are well protected and hydrated if you are exposed during this time.  UV rays can be categorised into three groups:

UVA rays age skin cells, damages their DNA and contributes a major part in skin aging and wrinkling (photoaging) the skin. Covering 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface, UVA rays are intensive during the day, and can penetrate the clouds, tents, and can penetrate glass, you should also beware of reflective surfaces such as water, snow, sand, or ice, which can reflect up to 80% of the rays and can double the risk of skin cancer.

UVC rays are the most dangerous type, but as they do not pass through the ozone layer, they are not currently known to cause skin cancer.

The time you spend in the sun, how you protect your skin with clothing, sunscreen etc, and your genes can all determine whether you are at a higher risk of getting skin cancer. The table below can help ensure you have the right cover for you.

Skin Complexion Effects Recommended SPF
Very Fair Burns easily; Never tans 30-50+
Fair Always burns easily; Minimal tan 30-50+
Light Burns moderately; eventually tans 15-30
Medium Burns minimally; always tans 6-15
Dark Rarely burns; easily tans 2-10
Very Dark Never burns; pigmented 2-10


Protecting your skin is vital for your health, buy a UV Sun Shelter Tent or a UV Canopy to stay skin healthy.

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