Staying Safe in the sun
Love it or hate it, the British weather can be unpredictable. One day it’s blowing a hoolie, the next there’s blazing sun. This can be tough on your skin and often the changing circumstances mean that we are unprepared.
With summer well and truly on its way, we're here to remind you just how important it is to stay safe in the sun, especially when you’re on holiday and distracted by other (more fun) things.
Top tips to stay safe in the sun:
1. Wear sunscreen and reapply it often –even if it doesn’t feel that hot, it’s always worth applying sun cream. In fact, it’s often on a windy day, when it feels cooler that you’ll burn without realising! You can never be too cautious, and it won’t go to waste because applying SPF will also help to prevent signs of ageing!
2. Wear sunglasses – The sun can cause permanent damage to our eyesight, so sunglasses are a must. Don’t worry about the tan lines, applying a high factor sun cream will prevent this. Nobody wants frown lines from squinting at the sun. Plus, sunglasses never go out of style.
3. Wear protective clothing when possible – for the same reasons mentioned above and to lower risks of skin cancer over time. It’s especially important to remember to top up your sunscreen when you are in the water and may be more exposed. Saltwater can also dry your skin out if not washed off properly, so applying sun cream will also help to keep your skin moisturised.
4. Take regular breaks in the shade – to avoid sunstroke and give your skin a rest. It also provides the perfect opportunity to top up the sun cream and keep hydrated with a cool drink! If you’re out in the sun, set an alarm for every couple of hours to remind you to take a break.
REMEMBER: Just because your skin isn’t red or ‘burnt’ doesn’t mean that you’re being safe. As well as the obvious long-term health risks from sun exposure, it can also cause headaches, dehydration, and exhaustion all of which would mean you miss out on enjoying your holiday!