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These days (and particularly with the bout of fantastic weather we've been having), we're all conscious of protecting our skin in the sunshine.

Skin cancer is the highest form of cancer in Ireland, so it goes without saying, that delicate Irish skin (skin that burns in the sun, freckles and is pale in colour) needs protection in the form of the right sun cream.

Though of course, there are, as we know, benefits that we all get from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays help the body produce vitamin D and natural vitamin C is always a great thing, but too much exposure means an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

Actress Nicole Kidman is one public figure that has translucent skin very similar to our own alabaster hue, but being that she's Australian, she says she's always been aware of the need to protect skin if you're going to be outside enjoying sun, sea and sand for prolonged periods.    

 

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"We’re beach people. We love swimming in the ocean. We also love camping, and we may go glamping,” Kidman told People, referring to her family of four, husband Keith Urban and daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret.

But as well as being an ambassador for Neutrogena and advocating for sun safety in her own personal day-to-day life, she says their another key reason she now warns and urges her own kids to make use of that sun cream

 

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She explains that long before the higher SPF's came on the market when she was very young – and in Australia, you can get protection of up to SPF 100 – she couldn't be as active outdoors as she would have liked, for fear her skin would get damaged.  

"I’m passionate about it because for a lot of my childhood I couldn’t be as outdoorsy or sporty as I would have liked,” Kidman continued.

“Raising two little girls, I want them to be active, yet I want to be a responsible mother and protect their skin so they thank me when they’re older.”

"For me, growing up sunscreens had not been revolutionized in the sense that you wore thick white zinc cream to protect yourself. But now there’s sheer zinc that’s not sticky when you put it on. Now that there are products that let you do the things you want to do, anything is possible," she added.

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The sun is out, and after such an endless winter, it would be a crime to stay indoors and not enjoy the gorgeous weather. 

And what would make us happier then a few cold cans on the canal? Nothing, but ice cream is good too. 

This delicious recipe is easy to make and you'll bloody love them.

Seriously, you'll end up eating them all. 

Ice-cream sandwiches

Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 100g sugar
  • 200g butter, at room temperature
  • 300g flour

For the filling

  • 500ml vanilla ice cream (or any flavour of your choice)
  • Optional: sugar sprinkles or mini chocolate chips, to decorate

Method

1. Heat oven to 180°C. Prepare two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add the flour and continue to mix until the mixture turns into a soft dough. Using your hands, press the dough together to form a ball.

3. With a floured rolling pin, roll the dough about 4 to 5 mm thick on a floured surface. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut into discs and place on prepared baking sheets.

4. Bake for 16-18 minutes then let cool completely.

5. Place a scoop of ice cream on one cookie, then place another cookie on top and press slightly. You can dip the sandwich in sugar sprinkles or mini chocolate chips if desired. Freeze until ready to serve.  
 

Featured image: Instagram @whatsjuliecooking

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