If you read this please do take note. I would hate you to end up with skin cancer.
It can be very minor, just having cuts and stitches but I lost a very good friend when his skin cancer turned into something lethal.
May I just make a plea to all you sun lovers, all pretty young, well at least compared to me.
Soggy Wales comments about being on chemo - can I ask is that for cancer?
To all you others, please, please do take very great care.
Some of you mention looking like a lobster, stop allowing that asap, or else you will very probably end up with skin cancer.
Use the highest factor possible, in the UK and abroad, the sun burns just as much from about mid Spring into mid autumn as mid summer. It has nothing to do with how hot it feels. Beware, as someone has already mentioned, sunbathing with salt on you from the sea, without applying high value sun tan. Beware the wind, it feels cool but the sun burns just the same.
Likewise for skiers and boarders, yes its -1 or maybe -20C but the sun burns far more at altitude than at low level.
I have some experience of what can happen when we do some of the things I've mentioned as I have skin cancer, some 14-15 operations and around 65 external stitches so far. All because, up to about 10 years ago I thought it good to have a tan!
50 years ago there was some excuse as I make the point to my skin cancer specialist, there was NO warning other than do not burn.