Banish Sunburn This Summer
So, all this rain means that we’re not really in danger of much sun exposure any time soon in the UK, but that just means more and more of us sun-starved Brits are heading overseas. We know tanning is bad for our skin, and we know that getting sunburned is even worse, so this year we need a few mantras to look after ourselves when it comes to sunbathing – no matter if that’s on holiday, or on the rare chance we might get to pop to the park for a picnic.
Look for make-up products that come with an SPF in them, and wear one every day on your face. Alternatively, make it part of your morning routine to slap on at least factor 15 on all those bits the sun can reach if you’re out and about. For longer amounts of time in the sun, apply suncream at least 15 minutes before you go out – best done with no clothes on to get all the tricky bits! Then keep re-applying during the day (particularly after swimming or towelling). Super pale types should aim for at least factor 30 whilst naturally darker skin can go a bit lower.
Once you’ve been out in the sun, have a shower to remove all the leftover suncream and then slap on some aftersun or a good light moisturiser. It’s a very important step to helping your tan develop, and keeping your skin healthy.
Don’t forget that your parting can easily burn, and keeping a cool head is always a good plan. A nice wide-brimmed straw hat is ideal, but even wrapping a scarf around your head can help avoid burnt bits and sun stroke.
Your eyes are also sensitive to the sun’s light so look for sunglasses with UVA and UVB filters. If you’re going to be out on the water a lot it’s a great idea to splash out a little more for polarised glasses, they really do make a huge difference. Plus, less squinting = fewer wrinkles!
If you’re out and about all day, stay hydrated! Don’t wait until you’re gasping with thirst, sip often throughout the day to replace fluids. Remember though that sweat contains more than just water, so if you’re active it’s worth packing an isotonic drink too.