Working towards getting that healthy summer glow is how many people like to spend their holidays, however it’s important that whilst we bask in tropical temperatures that we’re properly protected from the UV light and most importantly avoid any damages being made to our skin. As we head into the main summer season, here’s our top tips on how we can be safe in the sun.
Apply the obvious, sun cream
We all know sun cream is an absolute must when our skin is exposed to UV light. Whether you’re abroad or we’re fortunate enough to get some nice weather in the UK, it is safe to wear sunscreen every day, in fact it is suggested that we wear it every day of the year, come rain or shine. When choosing a sun cream, always opt for an SPF of at least 15 and above with at least a four-star UVA protection — this indicates that it meets the EU standard. Most lotions have a shelf life of two to three years however it’s worth checking their expiry date before you buy.
Use it right
When it comes to applying sun cream, the NHS recommends two tablespoons if you’re covering the entire body, or two teaspoons if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck. For the ladies you can even get cosmetics that offer UV protection, but be sure to always check the label. Once applied, it’s recommended you allow 30 minutes before heading out anywhere so that it is given enough time to soak into the skin properly.
Reapplying is key
Prefer being in the pool than lounging around it? Although the cooling effect of the water can make you feel like the sunshine isn’t having an effect, it is in fact deceivingly increasing your exposure as water actually reflects UV rays. So if you’re one that likes to be in and out of the pool, make sure you reapply your lotion each time. While there’s a number of water resistant lotions available, the chances are each time you dry off with a towel you’ll be wiping the majority of it off.
Get your sunnies on
Going on holiday is the perfect excuse to invest in a good pair of sunglasses. Not only will you look good, you’ll also be protecting your eyes and the delicate skin around them from the UV rays. A little tip for you is to look for glasses that offer 100% UV protection.
Pack plenty of cover-ups
Relying on sun cream alone to protect yourself isn’t always enough, that’s why we’d suggest packing suitable clothing that you can cover up with when necessary. Things like long-sleeved tops, trousers and kimonos in close-weave fabrics are great for stopping the sunlight coming through. Not only that, a wide-brimmed hat that provides shade to the face, neck and ears should be top of your packing list.
Limit your time in the sun
To help your body cool down and avoid any chance of burning, we suggest limiting your time spent in the sunshine, especially during the midday hours of 12 – 3pm when it it’s at its strongest. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to keep indoors, you can always relax under a parasol or head to the bar for a shade interval.
We all like to work our way through the cocktail list when on holiday, especially if they’re part of an All Inclusive package however as tempting as a Pina Colada whilst sunning ourselves around the pool can be, it can leave us super dehydrated. That’s why drinking plenty of water is essential, at least 2 litres of water a day is the recommended amount.
So whenever it is that you’re jetting away to sunnier climes, make sure you’re being sun smart by following the tips above.