More and more people are now looking after their skin better than ever before, especially when in the sun. Are you someone who looks after your skin in the sun?
The sun is extremely strong and the damage it can do to our skin is shocking to say the least. However, although the sun is such a threat to our skin, there are many things we can do to protect ourselves against it.
The ultraviolet rays from the sun damage our skin even after just being outside for a few moments. The first sign of sun damage is tanning, which also highlights someone who has been out in the sun and hasn’t been very well protected. Sun damage is also shown by sunburn, and in the more serious of cases, by someone getting skin cancer.
Follow these simple steps to make sure you’re as safe in the sun as can be:
- The sun is strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm, so it’s always best to avoid it during these times.
- Wearing light material trousers with a long sleeved top will help you stay protected yet cool in the sun, rather than burning in a slinky bikini or in a pair of shorts.
- Many people forget that the sun damages not only their skin but their eyes as well. Sunglasses are a must when out in the sun, and those that wrap around your face are most effective, as this stops the sun being let in.
- Wear a hat when you’re out and about, and if possible wear one that covers the back of your neck, too. The neck is sometimes a forgotten place in terms of where you apply sun tan to, so try to remember to protect it.
- On cloudy days, the minimum SPF suncream that should be used is 15, and a much higher one for children. It’s always best to use a SPF 50 sun block on children, to ensure they don’t feel the effects of the sun.
- Don’t just apply suncream to your skin on show, but apply it to all of your body. This will ensure that whatever you do during your day out, such as swimming or planning golf, you’ll be protected.
- Even if a suncream is said to be waterproof, apply it again once you have got out of the sea or swimming pool, just to be on the safe side.