Stay safe in the sun this summer

Stay safe in the sun this summer

With the warmer weather, you’ll no doubt want to spend as much time outside as possible, playing in the park, going for walks and having a picnic or two. With the additional time we’re spending out in the sun, it’s important to make sure you’re protecting your skin – here are our top tips to enjoy the sun and stay safe.

Be aware of what you’re wearing
Yes, it’s hot so we want to have as little clothing as possible, however, the more skin on show, the more likely you are to get sunburn. Long sleeves, particularly from a thin shirt, a wide brim hat and sunglasses are all helpful in preventing sun damage.

Stay out of the sun at the hottest time of day

The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 2pm, so try to stay out of sunlight during those hours. If you do have to venture out, make sure to keep shaded as much as possible and use sun cream.

Speaking of…

Apply sun cream at least 15 minutes before going outside, even if it looks a little cloudy. The type of sun cream you use makes a difference too, try to use a factor 30 or above, each time and be sure to top up according to the instructions on the label. For the kids, choose a water-resistant and sweat resistant option, so they are really protected.

Protect your eyes

Sunglasses and a hat with a brim are a great way to help keep your eyes safe. When out and about with children, encourage them to wear glasses and to avoid looking directly at the sun or any reflective surfaces, like water.

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