Top Tips for A Safe Summer in the Sun

We all love the feeling summer gives us; the smell of freshly cut grass, blue skies and the warm sun on our skin. We need exposure to sun light to stay healthy, vitamin D is important to our health and wellbeing but if we leave our skin unprotected we risk adverse effects. Powerful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can lead to sunburn, sunstroke and skin cancer, the only way to protect yourself and your children is to avoid over-exposure and be sun-safe!

Think ahead and plan for when you can’t avoid being in the sun. If you’re spending the majority of the day outdoors, apply sun-cream at least 15 minutes before you go out, regularly throughout the day and immediately after being in water. Try to keep out of the sun during the hottest part of the day (typically between 10 and 4pm).

Be aware that the best way to protect your skin is not only using high factored sun-creams but also to use clothing as an additional layer of protection. Hats are of great importance because although most of us have hair, the suns powerful rays are beating down and essentially heating up our brain which can lead to sunstroke. The best hats to wear are those with no holes and that have a wide brim. Loose, oversized t-shirts are also a great way to protect large areas of skin and keep you cool. Taking an anti-ageing natural collagen supplement like Colladeen by Nature’s Best also increases the skin’s elasticity and protects it from sun damage all year round.

Children are particularly vulnerable to sun damage because they have under-developed melanin, this is the skins natural sun defence. Babies in particular should be kept out of the sun altogether for this reason. Young children are most likely to spend their time outside during school holidays, playing in the garden, at the beach or in the park, protect them as much as you possibly can.

If your children are in someone else’s care, make sure you pack them a bag with a hat and sun-cream. The highest factored cream available is the one you should choose, apply it all over their skin including areas that are covered by clothing. Give instructions to both the person in charge and the child for when it should be reapplied.

Even on overcast days the sun’s rays are capable of burning our skin, don’t be fooled into thinking the clouds will provide you with protection. If you are in the summer months and indeed the months either side, you are at risk from skin damage. Take the same precautions regardless of the weather, after all you never know when a rainy day will brighten up to be a day of glorious sunshine!







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