Holiday season is upon us! At the first sign of sun, millions of us pack our bags and flock to UK seaside towns and weekend family campsites; or jet off to popular holiday destinations further afield. Here is an essential guide to protecting you and your family’s skin, wherever this summer takes you.
Top Tips To Staying Safe In The Sun
Sun is great, shade is too! Spend time out of the sun throughout the day
Regularly apply the right sun screen for your skin: cover all exposed areas
Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water throughout the day
Look out for each other, especially the kids: check they are not getting too hot and are properly protected
Sun screen is an absolute must when on holiday; without it your skin can be come dry and oily. Try to apply sun cream 30 minutes before you head out into the sun to give it chance to sink in. Experts recommend re-applying cream at least every two hours to all exposed areas. Remember, you can never put on too much sun screen, but you can damage your skin by not applying enough.
What does SPF stand for?
SPF or Sun Protection Factor indicates how effective a sun screen is at preventing sunburn by blocking both UVA and UVB rays. The higher the SPFs, the greater the protection. You should use a sun cream with an SPF of at least 15.
What age is it safe to put sun screen on a baby?
Your baby’s skin is sensitive and can easy absorb chemicals. Experts recommend avoiding sun screens before your baby is 6 months of age, except those with zinc oxide as the only active ingredient. Use lightweight clothing, shade and a wide-brimmed hat or stroller canopy.
Besisdes sun screen, how else can I protect my family?
Try to avoid the sun when UVB rays are most intense and take shade regularly between 10am and 4pm. Dress in clothing that has UV protection or a tight weave; clothing is the best blocker against sunburn. Sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats can be used to protect the face, ears and neck.
Should my family wear sunglasses?
Children should wear sunglasses starting at 6 months; child-size sunglasses are available. The skin around the eyes is vulnerable to UV damage so experts recommend all members of the family should wear sunglasses in sunny weather. Wrap-around styles are great as they cover more of the skin.
If your skin does become burnt, use after sun as an effective way to soothe UV affected skin. After sun also rehydrates the skin after time spent in dry heat. Experts recommend using an after sun that contains Aloe Vera.
In hot conditions it is important to exfoliate daily. Summer heat causes our bodies to produce more oil in a bid to combat the heat and cool us down. These oils can block your pores, creating unwanted pimples. Exfoliators will gently rub away any excess oil to prevent blemishes. If you are travelling by plane, you should also consider applying a rich moisturiser both the night before and the morning of your flight. Flying can dehydrate your skin; exfoliate and moisturise to keep your skin looking fantastic.
Staying hydrated during hot weather is important to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. We recommend that you always keep a full water bottle by your side and try to avoid sugary drinks and hot drinks. Keeping yourself topped up with cool water throughout the day is the best way to enjoy the sun.
Follow these simple steps and your family is set for a summer spent soaking up the sun!