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SunSmart - enjoy the good weather and protect your skin

As the weather gets better it's important to protect your and your family’s skin.

Published: 28 April 2021

As the weather gets better, with more people spending time outdoors, whether in the garden, being active locally or enjoying a run-around in the park with the children, it’s important to protect your and your family’s skin. 

The SunSmart campaign, led by the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme, Healthy Ireland and the Irish Cancer Prevention Network, is supporting people to build skin cancer awareness into their everyday wellbeing routine.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in Ireland with over 13,000 cases each year. Yet, in most cases, it is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. You can reduce your risk by avoiding overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight or artificial sources such as sunbeds.

Protect your skin by following the SunSmart 5 Ss

  • Slip on clothing that covers your skin, such as long sleeves, collared t-shirts
  • Slop on sunscreen on exposed areas, using factor 30+ for adults and 50+ for children
  • Slap on a wide-brimmed hat
  • Seek shade - especially if outdoors between 11 am and 3 pm - and always use a sunshade on a child’s buggy
  • Slide on sunglasses to protect your eyes. 

HSE Sunsmart

Watch HSE SunSmart 5 S's

As well as the 5 Ss it is important to remember:

  • In Ireland, the UV radiation levels are high from April to September, even when it is cloudy. Stay safe by limiting time in the sun when UV is strongest, typically between the hours of 11 am - 3 pm
  • Do not deliberately try to get a suntan. Remember tanned skin is damaged skin
  • Avoid getting a sunburn
  • Never use a sunbed

HSE SunSmart Outdoor Workers

How to protect your child's skin

Please see the SunSmart hub at and #SunSmart on social for more information.