Summer is here, the weather is warm and grasses are green. It all looks so beautiful. Feeling the sun shining on my skin makes me feel alive, happy and positive, excluding the abnormal heat and hay fever that sometimes comes along with the sun. Everyone’s in the holiday mood. The kids love it too! Now that the weather is warmer, they always want to play outdoors. Which is great for us all, as they are usually knackered once we are done playing.
Summer is a lovely season, but this is also the season when we should be extra careful, since we be spending a good part of your time outdoors. We need to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and, most especially, from heat stroke. As much as I enjoy the sun, I try my best to take precautionary measures against the harsh effects of the sun to my skin and health. Prolonged exposure to the sun can be extremely harmful to the body. It is one of the main causes of skin cancer so it is important we stay safe in the sun.
Here are some simple tips to remember this summer –
1. Buy the Right Sunscreen and Apply It Regularly
Although the sun gives the body a nice dose of vitamin D, staying under the sun for a long time can result to sunburn which can be very painful. We need to protect our skin from the sun’s harsh UV rays with a sunscreen lotion with sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher. The higher the SPF, the more your skin gets protected from the sun.
Make sure that your sunscreen has the words “broad spectrum” on it. This means that the sunscreen has the ability to protect you from the harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Another thing to note about your sunscreen is that it must be waterproof. Since we sweat more during the hot weather, waterproof sunscreen will stay longer on the skin, especially if we plan to go swimming outdoors and all. Apply sunscreen every 2 hours. If you have been swimming or sweating a lot, you’ll need to apply it more frequently. Be generous with the amount of sunscreen you apply on your body, especially the parts that are exposed to the sun.
2. Cover Up as Much as Possible
I know how tempting it is to show off as much skin as possible during the warmer months, but the truth is, we need to protect our skin from the sun as much as possible. There are smart and stylish ways of going about this; go for light long-sleeved tops or a beautiful maxi dresses. Chiffon is a nice material for the summer. It’s light and flowing. Cotton fabrics are also ideal because it allows for the free flow of air.
3. Wear a Hat
Hats can be a wonderful fashion accessory as they look very stylish and add more charm to the outfit. Get a wide-brimmed hat. This will help shield your face and hair from direct contact of the sun. This will prevent the hair moisture from drying out.
4. Wear sunglasses
Don’t neglect your eyes! Get sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. If you wear contact lenses like I do, make sure your contacts are specially designed to provide UV protection. I get mine from Boots Opticians. Done so for years now and the service has been second to none.
5. Stay in the shade
The effect of the sun is particularly strong between 11am to 3pm. During this period stay in the shade as much as possible to protect yourself from the sun rays.
So there are tips for staying safe in the sun. Do you have any tips to share?
Wow very helpful tips. I am currently in a very hot environment so I really appreciate these beautiful tips. Thanks for sharing.
Oh ok. Glad you found this post helpful.
Fab tips – staying safe in the sun can be tricky and I agree covering up really is the best solution. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading x
I am also using a sun spf 30 for my lips for the first time this year. Small and handy, it goes in your bag easily with your lip balm.
Good tips Stella. Never thought of that re waterproof side even if your not going swimming.
My big one also is hydration and drinking plenty of water in this weather.
It’s amazing how many people I know don’t use and of your tips and hydrate also. Then they wonder why they get ill.
The sun is a beautiful part of our lives however must be respected as it is dangerous too.
I always set an alarm on my phone when sunbathing just incase I fall asleep. Nothing worse than falling asleep for too long and waking up sunburnt dehydrated etc
Great blog as always and as always I learn something from you
Thanks for reading. Drinking pleny of water does help.
Such useful tips! When the sun is out and it’s really warm, we never go out without putting suncream on, at least, me and my daughter. As for the husband, I have to constantly remind him to put sunblock on 😉
Not surprised. Men even forget to put some mosituriser on..Lol.
Great tips. Loving your sun hat!
Definitely some great and important tips I burn so easily so I need to make sure I’m safe in the sunshine as well as my son.
Yea it is so important.
i never use to burn easily but now i do. ive been slathering on spf 50 haha
Well done Nicol.
I’m not a big fan of the sun or heat. I’m fair skinned so you will often find me under a large hat or umbrella
Yea I avoid the sun a lot these days.
I am so careful with the sun as I burn so easily!
Yea me too.
I add sunscreen to my foundation for an extra boost and stay out of the sun altogether in the middle of the day.
I have been a bit naughty recently and haven’t put sun cream on straight away……a bit of vitamin D is good though right?
Yea but be careful…
So many good tips and protecting your eyes, tops of your ears, nose and back of your neck are all vital x
Yea very vital.
Some really lovely tips shared here, I like to cover up where I can but not too much
Yea or it could get too warm..
You’ve got some great tips here, I always try to make sure I wear an SPF of 30 or above and stay covered up in loose clothing
Sun safety is very important to me and I make sure the kids are always protected, sometimes I do forget me though #oops
It is so easy to forget..
Great tips, I love to go out in it but if your out too long it can make me so ill. I love to wear floaty long clothes in the sunshine. Hope it hurries up and comes back,.So rainy here 🙁
Yea floaty clothes do help. The weather is confused here. Sunny one minute, next minute, it is cloudy and wet.
Great tips, I always burn so badly in the sun when we go abroad. x
Glad you founf the tips useful..The sum can be harsh.
Your shoes in that first picture and your sunglasses are GORGEOUS! You’re so right about sun safety though, I’m meticulous with it because I’m heavily tattooed and I don’t want them to fade!
Thanks Lottie xo
Great outfit and good ideas. My other half had to have 30+ sunscreen and sunglasses are always good for your eyes and not just an awesome accessory 😉
Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture
great tips i’m sure gonna use the when sun comes out again here!
Thanks for reading Josselyn.
I always make sure I use a hig factor sun cream that protects against both UVA and UVB rays
It’s so important to stay safe isn’t it. I’m always forgetting my sunglasses and getting caught out that way
I always have a pair of sunglasses in my bag and in the car.
great tops. I always use a high factor suncream because I have really fair skin.
Good you protect your skin.
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