No matter how anal you are with sun cream, there is always a fairly high chance that it may not be enough to protect your skin. This can be due to a number of reasons.
– If you’re on holiday it’s hard to not want to take a dip in the pool or the sea! One quick dip is all it takes to wash it off!!
– Perspiration can take its toll on sun cream; it can weaken its effect like water.
– Fabrics!! Chances are you will not be wearing many clothes as you will be sitting in the lovely scorching sun! However when you are relaxing on a beach towel, it will rub off. Also when getting dressed to go back to the car you may find yourself stopping at shops or looking around town. The sun cream may have rubbed off on your clothes whilst all of this is going on!!
So what can you do to make sure the sun doesn’t get the best of your skin….and still get a tan?? Here are some tips for keeping yourself protected!
By covering up we don’t mean trousers and jumpers! Although clothes are not a sure way of keeping the sun off your skin, they will of course help. A white t-shirt will offer a protection rating of around six (fair). If an item of clothing gets wet it reduces the sun protection rating to about half! If you can bear to wear darker clothes then they offer a decent protection rating which can rise up to as much as 10!! Denim however is known to offer some of the best protection against the sun, unfortunately it is not the most comfortable thing to wear.
Yes, we are talking about hats!!
Whilst they are not the most fashionable thing to wear when the sun is out and about, they are good protection against the sun! The bigger the rim the better, the thicker the fabric its made out of the better. However breathable hats are available from certain retailers which still have fairly dense fabric
Whilst they are not the most fashionable item to wear at the moment, hats are a good way to keep the sun off your skin, thicker fabrics are ideal however if you are going to wear thick fabric hats in the heat then prepare to get hot!! In this instance breathable is better!
Again, as long as you aren’t looking to make a fashion statement then the wider the brim is the better. The shade needs to cover your whole face so…eyes ears nose and shoulders.
Unlike hats, glasses can always be passed off as a fashion item! Luckily if you have the right category and polarised lens they also do an amazing job of protecting your eyes from the sun. Category 2 or higher is recommended!
Polarised – in most cases will completely block out all glare from the sun, whilst they are very expensive they reduce the chance of eye cancer and blindness!
Cheap sunglasses are for show and do not perform just as well!
Shade is your friend! If you’re worried about getting a tan the sun’s rays reflect off surfaces especially on sand. So if on the beach don’t be afraid to go sit in the shade under some trees! It will take a bit longer to tan but will not be as harsh to the skin!!