As the temperature increases and UV levels rise, most people will be eager to get outside in the sunshine.

However, despite the many benefits of spending time in the sun, the possibility of sunburn should not be taken lightly. Sunburn can not only be painful but also increase the risk of skin cancer.

Here are some tips on how to stay safe while making the most of the hot weather.

1. Apply sunscreen

Apply sunscreen

Perhaps this is an obvious tip, however, all sunscreen is not created equal. Opt for a sun cream with an SPF higher than 30, for increased protection against UVB rays to prevent sunburn.

You should also look for a sunscreen that protects against UVA rays- these aren’t associated so much with sunburn, however, they can contribute to skin aging. For the more environmentally conscious, look for reef-safe sunscreens, as these don’t contribute to the spread of harmful chemicals in marine areas.

2. Wear a hat

hat

As well as keeping you cool, wearing a hat with a wide brim can provide extra protection for your face, ears, and back of your neck. A hat also provides sun protection for your scalp- although your hair does partly shield your scalp from the sun’s rays, it can still get burnt, meaning it too should be covered.

As applying sunscreen to this area can be awkward, leaving hair greasy after application, a hat is a quick and easy option to ensure you’re fully protected.  With so many styles to choose from, a hat is a great choice to prevent sunburn- for both fashion lovers and those more practically inclined.

3. Invest in sun protective swimwear

protective swimwear

This wearable sun protection is a great option for those who choose to enjoy the sunny weather by the water, as, unlike sunscreen, it won’t be washed off after a dip in the sea. It is also a more environmentally conscious choice than opting for a chemical sunscreen.

Much more effective than throwing on a t-shirt, which provides relatively little protection against UV rays, sun-protective swimwear is one of the best ways to stay safe for those who are active at the beach or may not be a fan of sunscreen.

As well as providing a much higher level of protection, unlike non-protective clothing, sun-protective swimwear does not become less effective against UV rays when wet. Look for a brand that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, for complete protection against sunburn.

4. Limit your time in the sun

Limit your time in the sun

Sometimes the heat can get too much, and even the biggest sun-worshippers may need a break. Sitting in the shade will limit your exposure to the sun’s rays, however, it is still advisable to use sunscreen or wear sun-protective clothing to ensure your skin remains fully protected.

Preventing sunburn is incredibly important, however, this doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your time in the hot weather. With these tips, staying safe in the sun has never been easier.

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