5 Top Tips To Protect Your Skin In The Sun

As we head into the brighter months of the year, taking care to protect our skin from the sun becomes ever more important! Check out the five tips below to ensure you're soaking up that vitamin D in a safe way!

Tip no 1:

Slather on that sunscreen!

If you're going to be spending ANY time outdoors, you should ensure that you're wearing sun screen. You should apply a waterproof sunscreen that offers protection against both UVA and UVB radiation. We recommend a SPF of at least 30 onwards.

One thing to remember is that even if you have dark skin, sun screen is a MUST. Having dark skin although offering higher levels of protecting from sunburn than relatively lighter skin is NOT an ultimate protection against sunburn!

Having dark skin will NOT protect you against skin cancer! So regardless of your skin tone, apply your sunscreen folks!

Tip no 2:

We all know the English sun is a rarity, so when it appears, we want to soak it up across every inch of our bodies! That being said, once of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun is to cover up!

Wear a hat or find some shade when you're out to give yourself respite from the sun's rays.

Take care to cover your  body as much as possible when out in direct sunlight. Yes, that means trousers instead of shorts and long sleeve shirts. Now, you may feel that this is bad news for topping up your tan! But it's all about sunbathing or tanning in a safe way that is appropriate for your skin type and the intensity of the sun at any given place or time.

Check out this sunbathing calculator to see what could work for you http://www.omnicalculator.com/other/sunscreen.

Tip no 3:

 Following on from the point of sunbathing, be extra careful when you are in environment that are highly reflective of the sun's rays. These include beaches, swimming pools snowy areas etc... The reflective nature of such places strongly increase the likelihood of getting sunburn!

Tip no 4:

We recommend wearing sunglasses with 100% UV absorption as this will provide optimal protection for th eyes and skin around the eye area. That being said, never stare directly at the sun, no matter how good your sunglasses are!

Tip no 5:

Last but definitely not least, if you do get sunburnt, dealing with it properly is important to prevent lasting damage to your skin.

If you do get sunburnt, we recommend soothing the afflicted area with cool water applied with either a sponge or towel. We also recommend you apply a soothing aftercare suncream such as Aloe Vera to the sunburnt area.

Depending on how painful the sunburn is, you may want to take painkillers such as paracetamol to ease discomfort. Taking Ibuprofen can also help reduce inflammation.

It is IMPERATIVE that you stay out of direct sunlight until your sunburn clears up. If the inflammation of your skins continues to worsen and/or your skin blisters badly, seek medical help immediately. The sun is great, but let's be safe folks!