Guide to Staying Safe in the Sun


The last few weeks have been rather hot here in the UK and I’ve noticed a worrying increase in the number of people posting about their sunburn or heat stroke and I feel the need to write this post to give some very basic but vital tips to staying safe in the sun, avoiding sun burn and heat stroke and reducing your risk of skin cancer, which is a big concern in the UK because we rarely get any heat like this so naturally, we don’t think about such consequences.

Here are some basic tips to keep yourself safe this summer.

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Use appropriate SPF. Adults should use SPF 20+ or 30+ for sensitive skins. Children should use the highest factor available or 30+ at the very least.

Remember to fully cover your ears, nose and the back of your neck. Ideally using a higher SPF as these areas are more sensitive. Hands and feet should be protected adequately and in the crease of your knees and elbows as they are often forgotten or overlooked.

Avoiding Sunburn / Heat Stroke

Drink plenty cold water. Keep a large bottle in the fridge to top yourself up and be sure to drink water in between any alcoholic or fizzy drinks as well as these can dehydrate you.

Apply SPF every hour, or after contact with water or sweating. Top up sensitive areas (nose, ears, neck) more frequently if required.

Go indoors regularly. Especially in Peak Sun (12-3pm GMT). It’s important you take regular breaks from the sun to ensure your body can recover from any exposure. This is a good time to top up your sun cream and hydrate!
Aim to go in the shade or indoors for at least 20 minutes every 2-3 hours. During peak sun times, stay inside for the duration as at this time, you are more likely to get sunburn and suffer heat stroke, as well as increasing the exposure to UV filters which contribute to skin cancer.

Wear protection. Haw haw, not a condom. Wear a hat, sunglasses and get an umbrella stuck in the garden for shade.

In summary:

Apply SPF 20+ every hour.
Go indoors between 12-3pm.
Drink plenty WATER, not alcohol.
Cover up with a hat and sunglasses.

Your tan is less important than your health.

What are your top tips for staying safe in the sun? What are your go-to SPF products? Let me know in the comments. 

RebeccaJane xo

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