How to stay safe in the Sun.
The weather is now getting warmer and we are more likely to be spending more time in the sun either during our lunch breaks, after work, while on holiday, going to music festival, attending bbq’s or just generally walking around doing our daily routines. It is so important to protect your skin from the sun –even you think the weather is overcast – the rays can still get through to your skin.
Always avoid sun tan beds. It has been well documented that the ultra violet light can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want that all round year tan then either use one of the self-tanning lotions that are available or treat yourself to a spray tan. Personally I would rather be pale and healthy.
Regardless of if you are on an exotic beach or the daily commute always apply sunscreen. Those ultra violet rays will get everywhere.
Always use a good sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of over 15. It must be water-resistant (but still always apply after a dip in the pool or if you are sweating)
Make sure you use a good moisturiser every day (not just when the weather is warm) for your face and again the SP should be over 15. Your face is always on show and is far more sensitive to sun rays/damage than the rest of your body. You can get good moisturiser from your local supermarkets or pharmacy’s. Some moisturisers also can give you a gradual tan and because you can use it after a shower you will not be left with streaks which as we know are not a good look!
Do not skimp when you are applying your sunscreen. Make sure you apply ample coverage on your face, neck, arms and legs.Do not use the bottle from last year as it will not be as effective.
To protect your eyes in the sun always wear good sunglasses. Yes sunglasses are a fantastic fashion accessory but remember the job of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the ultraviolet (UV) rays. One of the effects on the eyes can be cataracts which are a clouding of the eye’s lens which can blur vision. If you are concerned about your eyes please do make sure you visit your local optician. Remember you should visit the optician at least once every two years.
Stay in the shade between 10am and around 4pm as that is when the rays from the sun are at their peak. Make sure you stay in the shade during these times by sitting under a beach umbrella or a shady tree.
When going out in the sun make sure you have a good sun hat, sunglasses and try to wear a long-sleeved shirt or trousers – where relevant.
Regardless of your age it is never too late to start protecting yourself from the sun.
I hope you will consider some of the above tips as they can prevent further damage to your skin and possibility that it could reverse some of the sun damage that has already occurred.