Even if you’re using some kind of fake tan, you still have to be careful when out in the sun. Here are 10 tips to keep your skin healthy under harmful UV rays, on the beach or on the street.
1 Always use a sun block with at least a medium SPF. This will still allow tanning, but the skin will receive at least a small degree of protection from the powerful rays.
2 Be especially cautious when in the water, as the sun may badly burn the skin without any warning signs.
3 Hats and T-shirts can provide a degree of protection when you are enjoying the weather, playing sports or relaxing.
4 If you have very fair skin, have lots of freckles or moles or have a family history of skin cancer, you shouldexercise extreme caution when exposing yourself to the sun. Always use a very high factor SPF on all of the exposed skin.
5 Apply sun block before you go into the sun and before you dress, to ensurethat you don’t miss any areas.
6 Gradually build up the time you spend in the sun. Never be tempted to burn because you will be directly damaging your skin.
7 If on holidays in a hot country, stay out of the sun between 12 noon and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest. Move into the shade or cover up with a T-shirt and broadbrimmed hat.
8 If you’re playing a lot of sports or swimming, choose a special sports or waterproof sun cream.
9 Lips need a good sun screen to protect them from burning and chapping.
10 Like skincare ranges, there are hypoallergenic suncare products around, so if you have underlying skin problems ask your pharmacist for help.