While summer can be fun and exciting time of the year with warm, sunny weather, it is important to make sure you follow steps to protect your skin. UV rays from the sun can be damaging to your skin when it is exposed for a prolonged period of time and can cause serious illnesses such as skin cancer.
Thankfully, following these tips we have compiled can help to prevent illnesses.
1) Avoid the sun at midday – When the sun is at the highest point of the sky you should stay indoors or in the shade. Between 11am and 3pm the sun is at its most intense and the risk of sunburn is increased. If you do go out between these times you should seek shade with a parasol, a tree or another type of shelter. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen.
2) Keep yourself hydrated – Drink plenty of water throughout the day, in warm weather your body tends to lose a lot of moisture. Use ice cubes to make your drink colder. It is also advisable to eat plenty of fruit which will also keep your skin healthy. Strawberries contain vitamin C which is very good for the skin.
3) Use sunscreen – Check the SPF number of the sunscreen you are intending to use, the higher the SPF, the more protection you will get. An SPF of 30 or more is recommended, even on cloudy or cool days you should use sunscreen because the UV rays can still be damaging. Make sure the sunscreen is within its expiration date.
4) Check your skin regularly – Make sure you regularly check your skin and look for any changes to moles, freckles or birthmarks. Some areas can be hard to see, in which case you should use a mirror. If anything looks out of the ordinary then consult with a doctor immediately.
5) Avoid sun beds – Many people make use of sunbeds because they think it will decrease the risk of sunburn; however there is no actual evidence of this. Using sunbeds can increase the risk of developing deadly illnesses such as melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer. It also increases the risk of developing cataracts and ocular melanoma.
6) Get plenty of sleep – You should make sure you get plenty of sleep at night, at least 7 or 8 hours every night. If you can’t sleep due to warm weather overnight, then there are a variety of techniques you can try such as using a fan to keep you cool, use thin or no bed sheets and keep windows open.
7) Wear sunglasses – The skin around your eyes is very sensitive to the sun and so if you are outside then it is advisable to wear sunglasses. You should use sunglasses featuring UVA and UVB protection.
While you should enjoy yourself over summer, you need to make sure you stay protected as your health is paramount. Follow the above tips to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Heat related deaths in the UK are expected to increase with climate change.