It’s summer and if we’re luckily that means warm weather and even the odd spell of sunshine.
As welcome as this is it’s still important to take care of you, and your family, when out and about.
You might think that you know all there is to know about keeping safe in the sun, but check out our top tips just as a refresher.
Aim to strike a balance between protecting yourself from the sun and getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.
- Spend time in the shade, especially between 11am and 3pm in the UK
One of the best ways to protect your skin is to spend some time in the shade.
But remember that UV rays can pass through certain fabrics so it’s still important to think about what you’re wearing and apply plenty of sunscreen.
- Cover up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses.
The more skin that’s covered by your clothing, the better the protection you’re getting. Choose clothing that’s loose-fitting and deeper in colour.
Also look for materials with a close weave – as a guide hold the material up to check you can’t see through the fabric.
When choosing sunglasses look for one of the following:
- ‘CE Mark’ and British Standard
- UV 400 label
- 100% UV protection written on the label or sticker
- Make sure that the glasses offer protection at the side of the eye, for example, choose wraparound styles.
- Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.
Remember that sunscreens will not completely protect you from sun damage on their own. However, they are vital for protecting the parts of skin that you can’t shade or cover.
It’s recommend that you always buy sunscreens with:
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 (UVB protection)
- High star rating with at least 4 stars (UVA protection)
It’s also important that you’re actually using sunscreen properly. As a guide, adults should aim to apply around:
- Two teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck
- Two tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume
Make sure you put enough sunscreen on and regularly reapply sunscreen even ‘once a day’ and ‘water resistant’ products.
Don’t store sunscreens in very hot places as extreme heat can ruin their protective chemicals.
And finally don’t forget to check the expiry date on your sunscreen. Most have a shelf life of two to three years.