Posted on August 04, 2017 by Kim Mead

In this week’s blog I will be focusing on skin safety in the sun. It’s essential to stay protected from the sun, regardless if you’re in sunny Spain or not so sunny England. Despite the UK’s negative summer reputation, this year we have had our fair share of sunshine.

As with everything, with all the sunshine there come risks and dangers we should be aware of. It’s a known fact that ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the number one cause of skin cancer – for that reason, protection from the sun is key!

1. Wear a t-shirt – as hot as it may be, wearing a t-shirt in the sun can significantly reduce or prevent sunburn completely by creating a barrier between your skin and the sun.
2. Wear at least 30SPF lotion – no sun cream will provide you with complete protection but the higher you go on the SPF, the better. Sun cream must be applied before exposure to the sun and ideally topped up every 2 hours. Make sure you also protect your lips with a 30SPF lip balm.
3. Wear a hat – protecting your face from the sun is very important, especially as your nose is very likely to get sun burnt. Ideally, a wide brim hat would be much better than a baseball cap as it covers your neck and ears.
4. Wear sunglasses – sunglasses are a major yes! UV radiation can be very damaging to the eyes. The quality of protection varies with sunglasses, look for the European CE mark which indicates a safe level of protection. Sunglasses labelled with a high EPF (which ranges from 1-10) will provide you with the best protection from the sun.
5. Stay in the shade when possible – You need to be very careful with sun, especially during the hottest time of the day (11am-3pm). Ensure that you stay hydrated and don’t rely alone on being in the shade to stay be protected.

Monika Smiechowska,  Gym & Spa Operative, Beaufort Park