Have fun in the sun

We all love a bit of sun! It means BBQs, days at the beach, evening walks and beer gardens. However, it can also spell dehydration, sunburn, heatstroke and skin cancer if the necessary precautions are not taken.
 
We have outlined a few simple ways to protect yourself in the sunshine and help you make the most of your summer:
 
Summer HatsAdd Dressing
Nope, not the mayo variety… when the heat is on, the right kind of clothing can actually help to keep you cool whilst also acting as a great defence against UV rays. A smart summer wardrobe should include:
  • A wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears
  • Light-weight, light coloured loose fitting clothing
  • Sunglasses with wraparound lenses or wide arms with either the European Standard ‘CE’ Mark, UV 400 or British Standard Mark
Shadow, Shade, SunGet Shady
UV rays are always strongest when the sun is at its peak position in the sky, on an average UK summer day this is usually between 11am and 3pm. Try spending some time indoors or in the shade throughout this period and go outside later in the day when the sun is lower in the sky, this can lessen the risk of burning.

It is wise to remember that some UV rays can penetrate glass, even when in a sheltered area. So, whilst we suggest ‘going indoors’ we don’t recommend hanging out in Grandad’s greenhouse, Mum’s conservatory or taking long drives in your trusted motor.

Slather Up
Make suncream your best-mate during the summer months and your skin will thank you (the ‘leather-look’ is not trendy when it refers to your skin). 

When buying your suncream, make sure the label indicates it has:

  • A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect against UVB
  • A four-star UVA protection (at least)
  • UVA protection 

Ensure you, and whoever you are in the sunshine with, slather the cream on thoroughly being careful not to forget earlobes, tops of feet (ouch) and back of necks. Reapply your cream every hour and straight after any periods of time in the water. Most ‘water-proof’ suncreams are actually just water ‘resistant’, so a 20-minute dip in the pool and brisk towel dry and you can wave goodbye to your factor 30.