It seemed like summer was never going to arrive this year, but now it looks like it’s finally here and we are allowed back on the beach again, so here are my Tanning Tips.

Over-exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to your skin which can result in painful burning. Not only can sunburn cause discomfort, but it can lead to more unpleasant conditions such as premature ageing, dry skin, discolouration and increased risk of skin cancer.

1. Never Leave The House Without Sunscreen.

Every time you leave the house you are exposed to the damaging rays of the sun, so always apply sun cream to any area of skin that may be exposed.

• Reapply sun cream a minimum of every 2 hours.

• Always reapply after swimming or exercising.

• Wear water-resistant sun cream while swimming

• Don’t forget your ears or thin hair patches on the head.

• Apply even on cloudy days.

2. Protect Your Eyes

The most important thing to look for when buying sunglasses is a sticker or tag indicating that the lenses block 100% of UV rays.

• You can pick up reasonably priced glasses with good lenses without having to splash out on the most expensive designer glasses.

• Bigger is better. The more coverage results in more protection.  Consider buying oversized glasses or the wrap around style.

• Polarised lenses cut glare, not UV rays.  While they don’t offer any more protection, polarised glasses can make activities such as driving or water sports more enjoyable.

3. Limit Your Time In The Sun

Between 10am and 4pm is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.

• Plan your outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

• Wear protective loose fitting clothing when out and about, including a sun hat which will keep you cooler.

4. Seek Shade

Believe it or not, you do not need to be in direct sunshine to develop a tan. As long as UV light from your surroundings are reflecting on to you, then your skin is absorbing it. This could happen to you even under an umbrella on a beach.

• Always make sure you still apply sun cream even if you are planning a day in the shade.

5. Stay Hydrated

During this time of year, it is essential that you drink plenty of fluids to avoid the risk of dehydration.  Dehydrated skin is more prone to sun damage. Water is by far the best way to keep hydrated and it is recommended that you drink 2 litres a day, but if you struggle drinking lots of water, there are some clever ways to keep up fluid intake and keep you cool during the summer heat.

• Always keep a bottle of water handy so you can sip at intervals during the day.

• Add fresh fruits such as cucumber, lemon, orange or strawberry.  This will make it more palatable if you are not a big water fan.

• Eat hydrating foods such as cucumber, watermelon and grapefruit.

• Drink healthy herbal teas.  Green tea also contains antioxidants so it will also boost the skin and flush out harmful toxins.

Yvonne @ Permanent Beauty

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