30 Jun Protecting Yourself From The Sun
Topping up your sun tan the safe way
Let’s face it everyone looks better with a tan! Right now across the UK the sun is shining, the days are long and everyone is smiling!
When the days are like this you tend to find more people outside for longer with a lot less on! Whilst the sunshine can be a good thing for the body as with everything in life, too much of it can be bad. Apart from getting burnt or looking like a lobster, one of the more serious dangers is skin cancer.
So whether your aiming for that ‘sun-kissed glow look’ or just happen to work outdoors here are some simple steps to consider
Look out for your Eyes and your Head
Long periods of exposure to sun rays can eventually damage the eyes vision and surrounding skin.
Sunglasses don’t just look cool but they also block 99-100% UV rays.
Although not always the coolest look a broad brimmed hat can block up 50%
Using the right sunscreen
With plenty brands offering a range different levels of protection it is not always easy to know which is best for you.
As a general rule look for one ‘offering a broad spectrum of protection with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15.
3 key things to remember:
- Exposed areas of skin should receive a slosh of sunscreen (shot glass full) especially Children
- If it comes off re-apply; sweat and water will take most sunscreen off, also to allow the lotion to bind to the skin apply 30 minutes before going outside
- Look for the skin foundation’s seal of approval on the label
Prepare the Little Ones
There is no denying that we would all like to have that smooth soft skin we once had as children but remember that soft skin is also at the most risk of sun damage
- When choosing clothing, opt for lightweight clothing that covers most of the skin.
- Make sure they wear a hat.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours.
- Babies 0-6 months should not be in direct sunlight.
Chill in the shade
Do you know what beats relaxing outside on warm sunny day? Relaxing outside on a warm sunny day under shade with some breeze!
Try it and feel free to let me know how you get on?