5 Tips on Protecting Your Skin in the Sun
The sun is shining, school’s out and summer is officially here! But whether you’re planning to go abroad or staying at home, it is essential to protect your skin in the sun. The Abibu London team have prepared 5 top tips on protecting yourself from sun damage this summer:
Pick the right sunscreen – and don’t forget to wear it!
Ensure your sunscreen has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to protect the skin from ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, and has at least four-star UVA protection rating. Most sunscreen bought in the UK will meet these requirements, but sunscreen bought abroad might not, so go the extra mile to buy sunscreen from reputable shops when on holiday.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy, as the run is still emitting harmful UVAs and UVBs. If you plan on swimming or getting wet in the sun, ensure you buy water resistant sunscreen, as water doesn’t shield the body from harmful sun rays.
Avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 2pm
During this time, the sun is at its most intense and can cause the most damage to the skin, so schedule your time in the sun accordingly.
Cover up when not sunbathing
With great weather, it can be tempting to stay in your swimwear all day, but that also means you are exposing your skin to the sun for longer. Even something light and baggy like a shawl with a hat can be the difference between a nice light tan and dangerous sunburn.
Treat sunburn immediately
Prevention is better than cure, but in the case you do get sunburn, cool the affected skin down with a cold compress wrapped in a cloth, and have a cool shower or bath. If seriously burnt, don’t take chances and see a doctor or trained expert immediately. If abroad, most resorts will have a resident specialist you can see.
Carry a bottle of water with you at all times, and keep your body hydrated regularly. Have a few sips of water every hour, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This is vital, as our skin cells can otherwise dry out in the sun and become more susceptible to sunburn, rapid ageing, wrinkling and even skin cancer. For more tips on skin hydration, click here.
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