How To Stay Safe In The Sun.

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Hasn’t it been so hot the past few days? Here along the South Coast in the UK, the temperature’s been getting up to about 27-29 degrees, which is crazy and definitely not what this little part of the world is used to.

I love the sunny weather but I’m definitely not someone who enjoys the heat all that much. I don’t mind the warmer temperatures, especially when you can relax and enjoy it but when you’ve still got to work, it can be a nightmare.

I am really sun-conscious as I’m fully aware of the damaging effects it can have on your body and skin. I have a post up already about why you should wear SPF every day. However, this was written more with your skincare routine in mind and specifically about wearing facial SPF every day. It is still SO incredibly important to wear SPF on your body when you’re being exposed to the sun.

Even if you think it’s not “sunny enough”, the sun and especially the damaging UV rays can cause lasting damage to your skin, that you wouldn’t even be aware of. Getting sunburn even once in two years triples your chances of getting skin cancer later on in life. It’s scary to think about but it’s exactly the reason WHY you need to be protecting yourself and any loved ones who are a bit sceptical about wearing sun cream.

The wonderful Abi is the founder of the Instagram account “Sunburn Isn’t Funny” which is packed full of really important information regarding the sun, UV Rays and avoiding getting sunburn. It’s definitely one to follow.

I’m sure we’re all aware of the things we should be doing when it comes to the sun. Sitting in the shade, covering up, wearing SPF on the parts we can’t cover and avoiding the sun between 11am-3pm as this is when the sun is at it’s strongest. It’s SO important to do these things. I cannot stress this enough.

Wear SPF & Reapply Throughout The Day

My preferred SPF is always Nivea*. I am part of the Nivea family, however, I have been buying Nivea suncream for years. Probably even before I started this blog which is crazy to think about. They’re a brand that I trust and I find them quite well-priced too.

I always try to go for a high SPF, it’s got to be Factor 30 or above. Most of the time I go for Factor 50. The higher the SPF the more protection you will have. It doesn’t mean you won’t tan. This is 1000% a myth.

An important thing to remember is that you have to apply it at least 15-30 minutes before sun exposure and also to re-apply it every 2 hours or directly after sweating, swimming etc. This is where I think a lot of people go wrong as they don’t reapply it as much as they should.

There’s actually an app which I’ve found called REAPPLY: Sunscreen Time Keeper. This app not only tells you the UV levels and then they’re highest, but you can pop in when you’ve applied SPF and it’ll give you a reminder when you need to apply some more. It’s also a really educational app too, as it’s got loads of articles to read to help keep you informed about the sun/sun damage.

Cover Up

I’m sure we all know the importance of covering up our bodies when the sun is at it’s strongest. Not only will wearing a lightweight t-shirt help protect your body from burning but if you wear a light coloured fabric it can help you to keep cool too.

I don’t think everyone knows that sun protection doesn’t just stop when it comes to SPF either. Wearing sunglasses in the sun is just important to protect your eyes. Ocular Melanoma can occur if you don’t properly take care of your eyes. Melanoma develops in the cells that produce melanin (which is the pigment that gives your skin its colour), it can also develop in the melanin-producing cells in your eyes.

Hats are also really important to wear hats when it comes to hot weather. You head is normally the thing that the sun will hit first as it’s the nearest thing to the sun. Not only can you burn your scalp but you can burn other areas too, such as your ears, neck and face. Wearing SPF on these areas is incredibly important but wearing a hat can also help too. Something wide-brimmed is perfect for this weather, it looks cute and protects you.

Drink LOTS of Water

The sun not only can cause sun damage but with the temperatures soaring at the moment, dehydration is also really dangerous. Make sure you’re using a refillable water bottle and taking it with you everywhere.

Some signs to look out for if you think you’re dehydrated:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Dark yellow and strong-smelling pee
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling tired
  • A dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • Peeing little, and fewer than 4 times a day

Getting at least 8 glasses of water a day is really important. If you don’t like the taste of water, then you can add fruit to it to make it taste better but I love a nice, cold glass full to the brim with ice cubes.

It’s important to reach for the right kinds of drinks too. Drinks like diet coke can actually dehydrate you MORE. I’m not saying don’t enjoy them, but don’t rely on them to hydrate you.

It’s super important to not only do these things between 11am-3pm (if you can’t avoid the sun) but ANY time you’re going to be exposed to the sun. Educating and protecting yourself from the sun is so important to keep yourself (and others) safe.

Have you got any tips to keep yourself sun-safe?