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Tips to protect your skin this summer

We have been so lucky here in the UK with the weather this summer. Usually, we get a few days of consistent sunshine each year and this is our summer and we’re grateful but we have had weeks and weeks of sunshine this year and it’s such a nice change.

As a result of the beautiful weather, many of us are spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying the sunshine and it’s definitely a pleasant change from the unsettled summer weather we usually experience. Of course, with more time spent outdoors comes the increased risk of sunburn (something I know only too well after being badly sunburnt last year). Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to minimise any damage to your skin while still enjoying the glorious weather.

Suncream

When selecting suncream you should use one which has a broad spectrum protection, this will protect against both UVA and UVB rays which are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancer. It’s also important to select suncream with an SPF protection of at least 30, the higher the number the higher the protection. You should reapply suncream every 2 hours to ensure you are fully protected, it’s important to remember suncream which is promoted as water resistant doesn’t mean waterproof and you should reapply suncream after going for a swim.

Be sun safe

I’ll be honest and admit that this one can be difficult and avoiding the sun between the hours of 11am and 3pm isn’t always possible but if you can stay out of the sun between those hours you will be avoiding the hottest point of the day and the time when you are most likely to be sunburnt.

Hydrate

During the hot weather, we lose a lot more fluid and it’s important to replace this fluid to keep our bodies hydrated and our skin looking and feeling it’s best. On a normal day we should drink 1.5-2 litres of water but during a heatwave/hot weather, you should aim to drink at least 2 litres to ensure your body is adequately hydrated. Remember, if you feel thirsty and your mouth is dry you are already dehydrated, it’s important to keep an eye on your water intake to make sure you don’t become dehydrated in the hot weather.

It’s also important to hydrate your skin with a good moisturiser to keep it looking and feeling great. Try choosing a moisturiser with an SPF rating of at least 30 to help protect your skin in the sun, Neals Yard Remedies has a great range of skincare with SPF if you’re looking to try some great organic skincare products.

Sunglasses

As well as being a great fashion accessory, sunglasses help protect our eyes from the suns harmful UV rays. A lot of sunglasses will not protect your eyes so it’s important to know what you’re buying and purchases glasses which offer 100% UV protection, this will ensure your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes is protected while you enjoy your summer.

Cover up

If you’re in the sun then try to keep covered as much as possible, if you can wear a long sleeved t-shirt and hat this will help protect your body from the sun and reduce any damage to your skin.

Check your skin

Did you know that it’s advised to check your skin every 3 months for any new moles or changes to existing moles and freckles?

It’s important to know your skin and regularly examine it for any changes or unusual marks/moles which are new. If you have a lot of freckles/moles you could take photographs which you can refer back to and see if anything has changed, this also gives you photographs to show the doctor should you need to speak to them. If you are concerned about anything contact your doctor and they can examine the area.

Do you have any tips for protecting your skin this summer?

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