The first mention of a heat wave in this country brings everyone out of their cave-like domains to bask in the glorious sunshine during the Easter break. A sea of pinky-white flesh lies spread across every available nook and cranny on the beaches, and ice cream sellers are rubbing their hands with glee.

The sun is a wonderful thing, when it appears, but the dangers of getting too much sun can't be stressed enough. Having that lovely tan on your skin this year could end up turning nasty and by this we are of course talking about skin cancer.

Staying Safe In The Sun Skin cancer rates have increased significantly over the last 20 years. You could argue that these numbers are due to our more advanced knowledge of this particular form of cancer and the subsequent early diagnosis of it, but there's a school of thought that links to more access to international travel, and holidaying in sunnier climes may have more an effect on these statistics. Regardless, we must be safe in the sun.

Therefore let us introduce Sun Safe, an iPhone app that regards itself as a The first mention of a heat wave in this country brings everyone out of their cave-like domains to bask in the glorious sunshine during the Easter break. A sea of pinky-white flesh lies spread across every available nook and cranny on the beaches, and ice cream sellers are rubbing their hands with glee.

The sun is a wonderful thing, when it appears, but the dangers of getting too much sun can't be stressed enough. Having that lovely tan on your skin this year could end up turning nasty and by this we are of course talking about skin cancer.

Staying Safe in the Sun
Skin cancer rates have increased significantly over the last 20 years. You could argue that these numbers are due to our more advanced knowledge of this particular form of cancer and the subsequent early diagnosis of it, but there's a school of thought that links to more access to international travel, and holidaying in sunnier climes may have more an effect on these statistics. Regardless, we must be safe in the sun. Therefore let us introduce Sun Safe, an iPhone app that regards itself as a sunbathing exposure alarm and health information companion.

Once downloaded, you select your current location, which calculates the UV index of that area based on scientific studies and satellite information. Next you select what skin type you have, which in my particular case is Skin Type II - Northern Europe & American, which "usually burns, tans with difficulty". Third, you enter the weather conditions at that time - clear skies and so on. Lastly, you choose your surroundings, such as sand, concrete or snow.

After all this, which only takes a matter of seconds, the app then calculates the SPF(sun protection factor) strength recommended for you, based on the choices you entered, and how much time this SPF will protect you when exposed under the current conditions.

If you then exceed the recommended time in the sun, an alarm will sound and either ask you to apply more SPF cream or seek out shade.

The Best Medicine

Getting sunburnt isn't very wise, and even having a so-called healthy glow about you isn't exactly wonderful or recommended by leading dermatologists these days, but our bodies tend to like some exposure to the sun's rays, so it's best we try to limit the amount of time we spend out in the sun without any form of protection.

Sun Safe isn't perfect, but it does a pretty decent job at trying to protect you from the adverse effects of too much sun. It's also worth noting that it's not just skin cancer that we need to protect ourselves from. Sun stroke, dehydration and extreme cases of burning also need avoiding, and they can certainly ruin your summer holiday if they crop up as a result of careless behavior in the sun.

Features at A Glance

Calculates time to be in the sun.
Full of sunbathing information.
All skin types recognized.
Gets the UV index for your current location.

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