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Everyday sun protection tips you need to know

The perils of overexposing yourself to the sun are well-documented, meaning that, whether you’re jetting off to the south of France or a tropical island, your suitcase will generally be well-stocked with sun cream. But what about back home in the UK? The Great British summer may not be as hot, but the sun can be just as powerful.

Even if you’re just out for a sunny stroll, it’s important to protect yourself against sun damage. In fact, even when it’s cool and cloudy outside, it’s best to arm yourself against UV rays.

Check out these everyday sun protection tips for the whole family.

Skin-friendly SPF face cream

If you’re using a foundation or moisturiser, an easy way to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays could be to buy products that incorporate a Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Luckily, SPF skin care is no longer a niche area, and the majority of mainstream brands now offer cosmetics containing an SPF of at least 15. This can be a great rating to wear all year round, while during the summer months, you may want to switch to something a little stronger.

Protect your eyes

Sunglasses are largely seen as a stylish summer accessory, but did you know they could mean the difference between healthy eyes and damaged peepers? Even during the winter months, UV radiation from bright sunlight can, over time, damage the surface tissues of the eye, much like sunburn. In the worst case scenario, prolonged exposure to the sun could even lead to cataracts. A good quality pair of sunglasses can go a long way to help preserve your sight.

Wear sun cream

The UK might not experience the kind of heat you’d expect to find abroad, but heat isn’t necessarily the thing to worry about when it comes to applying sun cream. Breeze or no breeze, the sun’s UV rays can still damage your skin, so in summer especially, it can be best to apply sun cream to any exposed skin before leaving the house. It’s recommended you do this 20 – 30 minutes in advance, so the cream has plenty of time to sink in properly.

Stay hydrated

A water bottle could be one of the best investments you ever make, especially during the warmer months. With the average man and woman already drinking below the recommended daily amount of water, ensuring you stay hydrated in higher temperatures seems more important than ever. Using your own water bottle means you need never be without a refreshing drink and can save you a significant amount of money in the long run. Why not try infusing your water with things like strawberries and mint for an even more refreshing drink?

Be prepared

You may think that it’s all well and good highlighting the dangers of UV, but how are you meant to know when it’s at its strongest? Luckily, there’s a helping hand in the form of the World UV app. Created by the British Association of Dermatologists in partnership with the Met Office, the app offers a daily UV forecast. So, what should you look for? UV radiation rated between zero and two is minimal, three and four is low, five and six is moderate, while seven to nine is high. Why not check the day’s UV forecast and decide how to protect yourself accordingly?

We hope this advice has helped you become more aware of the dangers the sun can pose if we don’t take precautions. Perhaps you even have some of your own tips? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sources:

http://www.allure.com/skin-care/anti-aging-skin/2010/sun_protection_tips#slide=1

http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/skin-care-tips-sun-protection

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/travelhealth/Pages/SunsafetyQA.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/health/yourhealth/uv-and-sun-health

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2330866/It-cold-wet-grey--need-slather-sunscreen-day.html

This article was first published on 28th April 2016.