Longer days and warmer weather means you are likely to be spending more time outdoors.
While the temperature is not as intense in the UK as it is abroad, it’s important to remember that the sun can burn the skin and cause lasting damage, especially for those who have sensitive skin, even when on a ‘staycation’ or having a family barbeque in the comfort of your own garden.
Overexposure to UV-A, UV-B and IR-A rays can cause damage to your skin which can result in burning or premature ageing. Not only can sunburn cause discomfort but it can lead to more unpleasant conditions, including rosacea exacerbations or more serious issues including skin cancer.
The easiest way to avoid skin damage is to limit the amount of time spent in the sun, but that’s easier said than done for some, particularly if you work outdoors.
However, exposure to the sun can have some benefits, such as providing much needed vitamin D and increased levels of serotonin – the happy hormone!
Knowing exactly how much is too much when it comes to time in the sun can be tricky, that’s why we’ve put together some ‘Sun Smart’ tips to help you stay safe in the sun:
10 Sun Smart Tips:
- Reapply sun cream a minimum of every 2 hours
- Reapply sun cream after swimming, exercise, sweating and towelling
- Wear water resistant sun cream while swimming
- Use an amount of sun cream equivalent to the size of a golf ball or 6 teaspoons to cover your entire body
- Don’t forget your ears!
- Seek shade whenever possible especially between the hours of 11am and 3pm
- Wear protective loose fitting clothing including a sun hat
- Don’t forget to protect your eyes! Choose sunglasses that protect your eyes against UV
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydrated skin is more prone to sun damage
- If you have a history of sun damage or skin cancer you should always wear the highest sun protection factor and seek shade where and whenever possible
Apply protection, even on cloudy or overcast days, and especially if you are likely to be outside around the peak times in the day 11am-3pm.
You will need sun protection when you are on sand, sea and snow!
Our new Solero suncare range offers families the best protection, whether you have sensitive skin, a skin condition such as Eczema or just want to ensure you are covered with triple protection against harmful rays, Solero offers it all!
Triple defense protection with; UVA, UVB & IR-A rays.
Solero Sun lotion is water resistant. It helps prevent premature skin ageing and sun-induced wrinkles, when used regularly and moisturises to keep skin hydrated soft and supple.
Solero Ultra Sensitive Sun Lotion has been specially developed for people prone to skin allergies. It helps protect the skin from sun burn and reduces the risk of long-term sun damage as it has a high UVB protection and a good UVA protection.
It’s moisturising to keep skin hydrated soft and supple and has a non-greasy feeling on the skin. Skin tolerance tested on sensitive skin.
A very high protection sun lotion for children’s delicate skin. It is also suitable for people suffering from eczema. The sun lotion is water resistant and suitable for ultra-sensitive skin. It has a high UVB and UVA protection.
Lloyds Pharmacy Solero SPF30 Sun Allergy Prevention Spray has a high sun protection factor and creates a barrier on the skin to prevent sun blisters and sun allergies.
The Solero allery prevention spray created a barrier on the skin to block UVA and UVB radiation. The spray is suitable for adults and children and is easy to apply
Solero Aftersun offers 24 hour moisturation after sun exposure. It is extra cooling with concentrated Aloe Vera*. Aftersun cools and relaxed sun irritated, dry skin. It is easy to use with it’s non-greasy properties, it is also easily absorbed into the skin. Calms the feeling of hot skin after too much sun exposure.
Allow your skin to feel nourished after a day in the sun.
Not sure which Solero to choose? Here’s our advice on the best Solero for you
If you would like advice on treating sun burn or managing a skin condition in the sun visit your local LloydsPharmacy and speak to one of our experts.