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Scots Use Chip Fat To Boost Summer Tan

Sunbathing Scots are risking skin cancer by using baby oil, moisturiser and even chip fat instead of protective suntan lotions.

A survey found unhealthy habits are to blame for the country having the highest rate of skin cancer in the UK.
Those in the country are even more likely to get the disease than someone living in Australia. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) found 40% of Scots admitted to experimenting with lotions to top their tan up to the max. One in five polled admitted to "binge" tanning, while a quarter said they used sun lotions with lower than recommended protection.

A spokeswoman for RPSGB urged sunworshippers to beat the heat's dangers by investing in high-factor lotions. Laura Wilson said: "Scots tend to think they do not need to use sun creams at home. "But people must respect the sun at all times and make sure they use a recommended sun protection cream."

The YouGov survey of more than 1,000 people in Scotland found that four out of 10 had experienced blistered or peeling skin after spending too long in the sun.

The RPSGB urged Scots to seek sun protection advice from their local pharmacy. Ms Wilson added: "They can also advise on aftercare treatments if people are suffering from sunburn." The society advises applying cream with a minimum sun protection factor of 15, staying in the shade during the hottest part of the day between 11am and 3pm, and wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sun glasses with UV protection.

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