Information on Sun Safety
We all know it’s important for both children and adults to stay safe in the sun. But exactly how long is too long when out catching sun rays? That’s why we have teamed up with Cicciobello Sunny to bring you some top sun safety tips.
Preparing to go out
Before you head off out into the sun you should be prepared. Remember to take hats and long sleeved clothing with you if you plan to be outside for a long time. You may also want to make sure you have one or two bottles of water to take with you on your journey to keep you hydrated. One of the most important steps to take is to put on sun cream! Factor 30 or above should be strong enough to protect you or factor 50 for children, but it’s important to remember to re-apply every couple of hours. If you’re looking for some advice on the best sun cream, click here
How long should you stay out in the sun?
There is no definitive time you can be out in the sun before you start to suffer its effects. We recommend you follow the signs your body is giving to judge when you need to take a break. Make sure you are not experiencing headaches or sickness, also check your skin is not starting to turn red. If any of these signs are starting to happen find some shade and take a break. Remember a rest in shade is just as effective as going indoors, so you can still be outside enjoying the weather!
How much should you be drinking?
When out in the sun for long periods of time you should drink at least two bottles of water, but possibly more. It is important to remember not to wait until you are thirsty before you start rehydrating. This stops the water levels in your body getting too low which leads to dehydration.
When is the sun at its strongest?
The sun is at its strongest between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. During this time it is especially important to take the advice given above, especially when looking after young children. During especially sunny days or when travelling abroad the sun can still be strong in the evening and early morning so make sure you don’t get caught out!
If you’re looking for any more advice on sun safety head over to www.nhs.uk to find out what further precautions you can take when out in the sun.