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How important is it to protect our skin from the sun?


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Conversation Summary

We are told that our body produces vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, when we are exposed to the sun. We are also told that the sun causes cancer and we should protect ourselves from the sun as much as possible.

These mixed messages can appear contradictory, and cause confusion over what is the best thing for us to do when it comes to sun exposure.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question.

As a result of (something) (Phrase) = because of.
Example: “As a result of the bad weather the football match has been cancelled”.

Experience (Knowledge) (Noun) = knowledge that you get from doing a job, or from doing, seeing, or feeling something.
Example: “People often become more confident in their work as they get more experience”.

Get away with (Phrasal Verb) = to do something wrong without any consequences.
Example: “I managed to get away with cheating in my science exam”.

Look after (Phrasal Verb) = to take care of someone or something by keeping them healthy or in good condition.
Example: “I looked after my neighbour's cat when he went on holiday”.

Take responsibility (Phrase) = To take, accept or claim responsibility for something is to say that you have done something or caused something to happen, especially something bad.
Example: “John needs to start taking responsibility for his actions.”.

Tan (Noun) = when your skin is brown from being in the sun.
Example: “I'm hoping to get a nice tan when I go on holiday next week”.

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.

How important is it to protect our skin from the sun?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to How important is it to protect our skin from the sun?
  • Do you always use sun cream when out in the sun?
  • Do you worry about being vitamin D deficient?
  • Do you worry about damaging your skin through excessive sun exposure?
  • Do you think sun cream can be harmful?
  • In an ideal world how much sun exposure should we get?

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