The sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky, you go outside and sit in the heat and soak up the sunshine but you need to make sure that you are sun safe to avoid getting badly sunburn and ruining your day. So what steps can you take to make sure you are sun safe?
1. Make sure you apply the right sun protection factor (SPF): Use an SPF of at least 15 or higher depending on the heat. Also make sure that the sunscreen hasn’t gone past it sell by date.
2. Re-apply if you go into the water: If you go into the water the sunscreen will wash off, although you may feel pretty cool after being in the water make sure that you re-apply the sunscreen even if the sunscreen states that it is waterproof.
3. If you have sunburn: If you have been burnt by the sun, have a cool bath or a very gentle shower. If you have blisters forming on your skin take a bath instead of showering as the pressure from the shower might pop your blister. When you get out, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry or pat the towel over your skin in small gentle movements.
4. Drink plenty of water: Hot weather can dehydrate you very quickly, so make sure that keep on drinking fluids.
5. Cover up: Even in the heat, it is a good idea to stay covered up if you have very pale skin that burns easily. Wear a lightly coloured t-shirt, a hat and some sunglasses to keep the sun off you
6. Stay in the shade: Have a break from the sun and sit in the shade. It will help to cool your body down. Try and stay out of direct sunlight between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.
7. Get the sunglasses on: Get a decent pair of sunglasses to block out the sun’s UV rays
8. Watch the clouds: If it gets a bit cloudy that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sun can’t reach you.
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