The summer holidays provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy days out with the children. Amidst all the fun and frolics, it is important when spending time outdoors to ensure you and your family remain safe in the sun. Here are some great tips to ensure you avoid the dreaded – and extremely harmful – sunburn and an unpleasant bout of sunstroke.
Ensure you stock up on protective sunscreen for your family. Buy a few bottles so you can keep one in the house, one in your bag and one in the car, ensuring you have sunscreen to hand wherever you are.
Apply your initial application of sunscreen before you go out. You should do this at least twenty minutes before being exposed to the sun to ensure the ingredients are actively working. A good time to apply your children’s sunscreen is when you are getting them dressed so you achieve a good coverage. Ensure you apply plenty of cream – a thin layer will offer very little protection.
Throughout the day it is important to top up your sunscreen protection as it can wipe off and sweat can reduce the protection. Ideally you should reapply the cream every two hours.
Keep covered up with t-shirts and sunhats. If you are on the beach, you can get UV protective suits for your children, which are a great idea. If you haven’t got these, keep them in their t-shirts, even if they are swimming in the sea.
Hats are essential as they offer sun protection and keep temperatures down. Sunglasses that block UV rays should also be worn: ones that wrap around the head are great for kids.
Keep babies and tots out of the sun. Invest in a sun tent or a UV protection cover for your pram. Do not leave the baby in direct sunlight – move their pram/pushchair to a shady spot.
Choose a sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. This will help protect from both kinds of damaging ultra violet light.
Keep hydrated: ensure you and your children take regular drinks of water.
Between approximately 10am and 3pm the sun is at its height and it is best to stay out of it during this time. However, if you are outdoors, find some shade and be extra vigilant about sun protection.
We hope these tips help to keep you and your family safe in the sun so you can enjoy a burn-free summer full of family fun!
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