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27 May

Sun Screen Day – 27th May

Sunglasses on the beach

How We Can Stay Safe This Summer

Everyone loves coming back from their holidays with a tan – but it’s important you don’t risk your health to do so.

One of the main reasons we go on holiday is to spend some time in the sunshine. After all, it’s sometimes hard to come by at home in the UK! What we don’t want though, is to suffer any ill-effects from over-exposure to the sun. Over the years we’ve grown far more aware of the need to protect ourselves when we’re sunbathing, swimming or just out and about in the warm weather. Sun Screen Day highlights how we can all stay safe in the sun. So what do you need to remember before jetting off on your holidays?

We All Need A Little Sunshine

First of all, getting out in the sun isn’t bad for you. In fact, we could all do with stepping out into the sunshine for a few minutes each day. It’s prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun that can cause serious problems. It’s here that people can get a little confused – and as a result, there are many different myths and pieces of ‘advice’ that actually endanger people further. So what’s the truth? Well, we need sunshine to ensure we don’t become deficient in Vitamin D. We can get our daily quota by getting out into the sun for around 10 minutes with no protection. After that, it’s time to take some precautions.

Staying Safe

So how do you stop yourself suffering in the sun? Well, the first thing to think about is when you’ll be out in the sun. The peak hours for UV exposure are from 11am to 3pm, so try to limit the time you spend outdoors during those hours. That means an early morning stroll along the beach or an evening alfresco dinner are still things you can enjoy. If you are planning to spend some time outdoors during the warmest part of the day, then remember to wear a high-level sunscreen (factor 30 +). You’ll need to reapply this every two hours and every time after you’ve been swimming. Make sure you apply it everywhere – a lot of people miss the back of their neck or their ears. Invest in some loose, cool clothing too, as well as a wide brimmed hat. Oh, and don’t forget your sunglasses!

Additional Protection

The sun affects everybody differently, and if you’ve never travelled to a country with extreme temperatures before it’s wise to take some precautions. Along with staying safe in the sun, take out some travel insurance too. If you do suffer from any ill health while you’re on holiday, such as sun or heat stroke, then you’ll be fully covered against any medical costs. Subject to terms and conditions of your policy. If you’ve protected yourself as we’ve discussed, it’s unlikely that you’ll need it. What it will offer you regardless of circumstances is peace of mind.

You’ll Thank Yourself Later On

If you’re heading to somewhere hot this summer, make sure you take our advice on board. Staying safe in the sun now will not only prevent you from getting ill on your holiday, but it will prevent health problems later on in life. So slap on some sunscreen, stay in the shade and keep a bottle of water handy. That way you’ll have a trip that’s memorable for all the right reasons.