With the sun starting to shine, the natural temptation in a country such as the UK where cloud is more commonplace, is to rush outside and grab some rays. Whilst this is perfect for exposing as to vitamin D, one of the major things that the body needs to function and lift mood, it also comes with risk of sunburn. And despite warnings of skin cancer, many of us seem happy to take a risk in order to gain a healthy glow.
So what are the sensible things to do in order to enjoy the sun safely?
Using the right factor of sunscreen is vital in order to avoid that tell-tale redness and blistering. For adults, SPF 15 is the lowest that should be considered and it should be applied 30 minutes before any sun exposure. In children, go for SPF 30 and above and for babies it should be a block of SPF 50. Remember to apply regularly, especially after swimming.
There is a saying that says to avoid the sun at midday when it is believed to be at it strongest but in fact, any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. produces a heightened risk of sunburn. Whilst this is a time when many others will take the opportunity to go outdoors, be extra vigilant during these hours. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and look for signs of redness, ready to cover-up any area the skin at the first signs of discomfort. The head is a common place to get burnt as people wrongly believe it is protected by the hair but any exposed scalp can easily be sun damaged.
When it comes to the delicate eye area, wear glasses with specific UV protection. This is one area where quality definitely counts so choose substance above style first.
Remember that overexposure to the sun without adequate liquid intake can cause rapid dehydration and sunstroke. Drink regularly, avoiding alcohol. Coconut water is believed to be an optimum hydrator with the electrolytes helping to restore the body’s hydration levels quickly and efficiently. A refreshing drink to have when you’re out in the sun, the mild nutty taste makes a great alternative to sugary soft drinks.
If sunburn has hit, it’s time to take remedial action. Prevent the skin from drying out as well as attacking redness and irritation by applying coconut oil. Easily absorbed, it will moisturise and soothe in equal measure.