Protecting Our Skin From The Sun

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 15, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

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.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • as a result of (something) (phrase)
  • experience (noun)
  • get away with (phrasal verb)
  • look after (phrasal verb)
  • take responsibility (phrase)
  • tan (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • 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?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.