Whether it’s on the beach, in a pool or at a park, you’re bound to spend time in the sun this summer so make sun protection a priority…
It’s happened to everyone at least once – the first warm day after a long winter and you think to yourself, ‘I’m just going to catch some rays for half an hour. What harm could it do? I won’t burn’. Wrong.
Even on cooler days, protection is required says Everysun brand manager Nikki Flanagan.
“It’s a daily job, despite the weather, to protect your skin from potential sun damage.”
Here are some tips to help keep you safe in the sun without compromising on the fun:
- Use a high SPF sunscreen – Apply sun lotion every hour to keep your skin protected.
- Apply sunscreen everywhere – Make sure you cover your entire body; even between your toes and behind your ears. UV rays bounce around, so every inch of your body needs protection.
- Protect your peepers with sunglasses – Make sure that the filter offers both UVA and UVB protection.
- Stay hydrated – Sip water throughout the day and don’t let yourself feel thirsty.
- Wear a hat to protect your face and keep your hair frizz-free.
- Pop on a T-shirt to protect your shoulders – when you’re not in the water, make sure you’re covered up.
- Choose a waterproof sunscreen – If you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the water apply a water-resistant sunscreen with a high SPF rating, like SPF 50.
- Stay in the shade during the hottest parts of the day (11 am to 3 pm).
- Keep the little ones in the shade as much as possible. If they’re going to be in direct sunlight make sure you apply enough sunscreen to their delicate skin and make sure it’s a sunscreen especially devised for babies and children.
“It’s important to remember that even on a cloudy day you can still get sunburnt,” concludes Flanagan.
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