Sun care this Summer

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Summer Suncare

Sun care this Summer

Sun care is a vital element of an enjoyable holiday, a day out or a day spent in the garden. We all love the sun, but overdo it and it can be both irritating and dangerous. 

Our skin always needs protecting when exposed to the sun even on cloudy summer days, so here is a helpful guide to ensure you stay safe.

Patience - the Key to a Good Tan

If you want to have a tan then it's a good idea to gradually build up time spent in the sun and to use a higher Sun Protection Factor (SPF) initially. Acclimatisation to UV rays is necessary if the risk of sun damage is to be reduced. By allowing the skin to acclimatise slowly, over the first few days, the skin is less likely to burn and for those wanting a tan, it is likely to be deeper and last longer.

Your Skin Type

It is essential to choose the right sun protection. The SPF indicates the level of protection against harmful UVB rays and indicates the multiplication of your skin's natural protection. This is dependent on skin type. The effects of UV light are cumulative over time so select a high SPF initially. No sunscreen can reverse damage or protect skin that has already started to burn, after-sun will only soothe it.

Every person has different skin, each with their own specific sun care requirements. So choosing suitable sunscreens will depend on skin type, the strength of the sun and the amount of time spent in it. The face, neck and torso are up to 4 times more sensitive than the limbs. There is a huge choice of good options, don’t scrimp on the amount applied either.

Woman applying suncream

Carefully Apply

Application-of sun care products is one of the key factors to effective sun protection. Apply before sun exposure enough to give a visible layer before rubbing in, let it dry then reapply to ensure adequate coverage and no missed areas.

  • Liberally reapply at frequent intervals and always after swimming or toweling off.
  • Apply generously and often to ensure skin appears and feels evenly covered.

How Much?

The average adult needs to apply 30mls of sunscreen per application. Apply a visible layer before rubbing in so that you do not miss any bits. Using insufficient sunscreen can halve the Sun Protection Factor. Repeated application of a lower factor does not provide the same protection as a higher factor, e.g. 2 applications of SPF10 does not provide the same protection as SPF20.

After Sun

As part of a good sun care regime, After-Sun can help counterat the drying effects of the sun and wind. These lotions are specifically formulated to cool, soothe and moisturise the skin, and so help to prevent peeling. They can also help prolong your tan.

Boy having sun cream applied by his mother

Sun Care for Babies and Children

It is difficult to keep Babies and Children out of the sun, therefore, SPF 50+ sun lotion is designed for protection from reflected light. All babies under one year should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times. Children under the age of two should be encouraged to stay in the shade. Children's skin needs extra protection. As it is difficult to stop them playing in the sun, the use of high protection sun products is essential if children are to be protected from over exposure in the sun and to reduce the risk of long term skin damage. Regular checks are advised in shade where any areas of colouring are easier to spot. Tee shirts and a brimmed cap are advised.

Our Top 5 Sun Care Tips...

  1. Avoid the sun when it is at its strongest between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
  2. Clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreens should be used to protect the skin and eyes.
  3. UV rays can penetrate light clothing, if you are sensitive to the sun, choose a denser material to give you extra protection. Some fabrics are specially designed to protect the skin from the adverse effects of the sun.
  4. Sunscreens with low factors can only provide low protection for tanned skin, people with naturally darker skin and skin acclimatised to the sun.
  5. If minor sunburn does occur, it may help to use an after sun product to cool and soothe the skin. But, if the symptoms of sunburn are painful or if there are any other symptoms like headaches or nausea then a doctor should be consulted.

Unfortunately the effects of sunburn do not become obvious until it is too late and the damage has occured. People are often fooled into thinking the sun is not too hot if there is a cool breeze or light cloud, often it can be MORE dangerous in these conditions. When redness occurs the skin has been over exposed to the sun.

Precautions and protection can reduce the risks to you and your family from sun damage. A few minutes of sensible preparation can mean a much more enjoyable day in the sun for everyone.