Thousands of Brits will be boarding planes in search of some sun over the summer months. Although it’s natural to want to get out into the sun, we all know that it carries certain dangers. So how can you make sure you stay safe in the sun this summer?
Always use sunscreen
The single most important tip of all is to make sure you use a good quality sunscreen. Protecting skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, it helps to prevent sunburn. Depending on what type of skin you have will depend on what sun factor you need, but children and babies should always have factor 50+ applied, as their skin is much more sensitive to burns. It’s widely recommended that you apply sunscreen half an hour before going into the sun, and make sure you reapply it regularly – especially after swimming.
Although sunscreen helps to protect the skin, the only way you can really make sure skin is protected is by covering it up. Light coloured clothes reflect the sun’s rays, meaning that even in hot weather you’ll stay cool. Seeking shade when on the beach and wearing a hat and sunglasses when out and about will help to protect sensitive heads and eyes and ward off sunstroke.
Drink Plenty of Water
Hot weather can dehydrate bodies very quickly – especially active children. Dehydration can lead to sunstroke when in hot climates, so it’s important to make sure you carry plenty of fluid with you when you go out and replenish the body’s supply regularly.
Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
The sun always emits harmful rays, however between 11am and 3pm the sun is at its highest, and consequently, strongest. Avoiding direct sunlight during this period will help to protect you from the effects of the sun, such as sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration.
It’s nigh-on impossible to stay out of the sun at all times when on holiday, and the last thing we want to do is ruin your fun. However the dangers of prolonged sun exposure – particularly to fragile children’s skin – is well documented. With cases of skin cancer on the rise in Europe, making sure you follow these top tips will help to protect you and your family from the sun and help you live a long, healthy and happy life.