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How to stay safe in the sun
Whilst many of us like to enjoy the sun and hot weather, we should make sure we do it safely and remember some people are more vulnerable than others. Whether you’re staying in the UK or going abroad this summer, you’re going to need to be protected from those harmful rays! Here are our top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.
No matter what temperature, you need to use suncream! Factor 15-30 is ideal depending on your skin type. In addition, a good suncream should always bear the letters UVA and at least a 4-star UVA protection rating. The bottle should also include protection from ultraviolet B (UVB). When buying a bottle of suncream you should make sure this is also suitable for your skin type.
Suitable clothing and accessories
Suitable clothing will help you to block out the UV rays and stay protected from the sun. Clothing and accessories will include a wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears, a long-sleeved or short-sleeved top and a long skirt.
Drink plenty of water
Hot weather can dehydrate you very quickly, especially if you’re running around. Dehydration and sunstroke can be very dangerous so make sure you keep drinking lots of fluids. If you don’t keep yourself hydrated you could become very dizzy, faint or sick. If you have any of these symptoms you should move out of the sun and into the shade immediately.
Stay in the shade
Take a break and sit in the shade. It will help cool your body down as well as stop you from burning. Keeping out of the sun between 12pm and 3pm is imperative as this is when the sun is at its hottest.
Use waterproof suncream
If you and your children are water fanatics, using waterproof suncream is ideal when it comes to dipping in and out of the water. Even if you don’t plan on going for a swim, waterproof suncream always stays on longer!
Wherever you’re going this summer, make sure you cover yourself in suncream and cover up when possible.