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Summer Holidays | SPF Advice!

Protecting your skin from the sun should be your number one priority when travelling abroad. So the fourth instalment of this Summer Holidays series is packed with quick tips, advice from experience and lots of information on keeping your skin protected.

Sun Care Tips.

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The higher the SPF, the better. Or if you want to develop a healthy tan, slowly reduce your factor every couple of days so that your skin adjusts to the heat.

The summer sun is most damaging to your skin in the middle of the day. Check the weather forecast and make sure to have access to shade during those peaks.

Make sure your SPF is not past its expiry date. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two to three years but never assume.

Water washes off SPF (even 'waterproof' formula's) and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you're protected. So make sure to re-apply when you get out of the water.

Water also reflects UV rays, increasing your exposure. So be careful when swimming for prolonged periods of time. 

Go for broad-spectrum sunscreens, which protect against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Always read the label!

Using a foundation or bb cream that contains SPF is okay for daily activities, like popping to the shops or walking to work. But for prolonged periods of time you should be using a facial SPF of 25 and above. 

If you have lots of moles or freckles, you're more likely to develop skin cancer, so you need to take extra care.

Remember that burning is not the same as getting a tan. I have fallen asleep in the sun and really damaged my skin over the years. My freckles have tripled since I was a young teenager and trust me, It's not easy to get rid of them!

What should you do if you have burnt your skin in the sun?

Start off with taking some painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, this will ease the pain. Cleanse sore skin with cool water and apply a soothing after sun lotion. If your skin has started to peel avoid formula's that are alcohol based!

What is Heat Exhaustion and how do I treat it?

Heat Exhaustion is basically an incredibly mild version of Heat Stroke. You can expect to feel sick/nauseous, sweaty, dizzy and tired. The best thing to do is to sit or lay down in a cool dark room and rest. If your skin feels hot to the touch then try having a cool shower before hand

What tips do you have to keep your skin safe in the sun? Do you have any safe tanning techniques? 

Gem. x

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