It may only be March but the sun is out and has been for the last few days. While we are aware of the dangers that the sun can cause, it is hard not to spend a bit of time soaking up the sun. For me, there is no better feeling than relaxing outside on a warm summer’s day and I’m sure it’s the same for many of you out there too.
It is important though that while we’re out in the sun we remember to cover up, and I don’t mean literally walking around head to toe covered in clothes, ensuring that not an inch of flesh is on display! I am talking about proper sun protection. I have compiled a few hints and tips which should make your sun experience as relaxing as it should be!
Hints and Tips:
- Avoid being out in the sun between 11am and 3pm. This is when the sun’s rays are strongest and they can do the most damage.
- Ensure that you never burn and if you do, stay out of the sun until it has settled and ensure to keep the area well moisturised.
- The minimum factor you should use is 15. Ensure that you use the SPF suitable for your skin type, I would suggest starting with a high SPF and if then decreasing it if and when appropriate, but never go below 15.
- Never use oil or moisturiser, or anything else which will attract the sun towards you!
- Ensure that your sun lotion is in date. Once it has passed this date, it turns to moisturiser and in no way protects your skin.
- Regularly apply sun cream (every 2 hours is about right) and if you get wet, put sun cream on straight after, even if it’s supposed to be waterproof.
- Don’t use it sparingly make sure you are properly covered.
Burning isn’t a good look and it isn’t good for you, in some cases its leads to cancer and while we don’t want to make the idea of sunbathing too depressing, people need to be aware of the dangers. As long as you follow the hints and tips above and use a good quality sun cream, then you’ll be as well protected as you can be! Now go and enjoy the sunshine while it’s here!