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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 23rd August 2018

Be Smart in the Sun

Whether you’re jetting off on vacation or opting for a staycation this summer, plan to keep healthy and safe in the sun with our tips, beautiful buys and accessories.

It’s that time of year again and the shelves are full of sunscreens, but which is best for you, your family – and your skin type? As a general rule, the paler your skin, the higher sun protection factor (SPF) you will need, ideally an SPF50.

For medium, olive-toned skin that tans more easily, opt for an SPF20 to 30. Despite rarely burning, a good SPF15 is still a must for darker skin. Keep children safe in the sun by using nothing lower than an SPF30 on the body plus a higher SPF – 50 will do the trick – on noses and cheeks. Remember to reapply often, and keep little ones and toddlers out of direct sunlight, especially at midday.

Look at the label

When buying, look for Broad Spectrum on the label – this means the sunscreen protects from both UVA and UVB rays, which damage the skin in different ways.

For UVA, think A for ageing, and for UVB, think burning – and remember, these rays increase the likelihood of developing cancer.

The sunshine vitamin

Sunshine is an important source of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium. Most of us make enough vitamin D through sun exposure during the summer – don’t be fooled into thinking more sun means more vitamin D – it doesn’t!

Doing the sums

It’s important you stay protected from the sun’s harmful rays all day. Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply on a regular basis during the day (every one to two hours) to stay protected.

Even with a high SPF, you still need to top up your protection levels: an SFP20 just means you can stay in the sun 20 times longer before you burn than if you weren’t using any protection.

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