When the sun finally comes out, most of us want to don our favourite bikinis and head to the beach for the day. With so much information in the press about skin cancer, you may be wondering what you can do to stay safe all summer long. After all, the great outdoors is the best place for hanging out with friends, working out, and even taking a quiet stroll. We can’t avoid the sun all summer!
The sun brings with it a lot of heat, so we’ll start there. Try and wear loose fitting clothing that allows air flow and comfort. The best fabrics for hot days are cottons and linen. Linen is everywhere this summer, so you won’t have trouble finding stylish pieces instore now. Think wide leg pants, shirts, tops, skirts and shorts.
If you’re working out in the sun or holding Yoga poses for a long time, choose somewhere shady if possible. Nobody likes to work out in lots of clothes, so stick to the crop tops and tank tops. But add a tee if the sweat is starting to melt your sunscreen away. Don’t forget, the top of your head is vulnerable too, so wear a light cap.
If you are looking to the beach to get some tanning time in, then don’t forget to take your watch. It’s easy to fall asleep and spend too long in the sun. Then you’re at risk of turning red and blistering, as well as risking skin cancer. Fake tan is a safe tan, so enhance your colour yourself rather than relying on the sun.
For enjoying the sun everyday, invest in a wide-brimmed hat. It keeps the sun off your nose, forehead, neck and shoulders. These are the areas most vulnerable to burning. Sunscreens come in a variety of strengths, but UVA and UVB protection should be provided. Tanning lotions often provide additional benefits to protect your skin, so use them when you are trying to get a good colour.
Loose clothing and plenty of water is the best way to enjoy the sun safely. Tight clothing and strenuous exercise can leave you at risk of heatstroke and dehydration. These can make you feel very unwell. If you suffer from some medical conditions like diabetes, it can be important to eat regularly the right foods. In the sun, you may not feel hungry which causes us to skip meals.
Looking good in the sun is about sensible fashion choices and the right skin protection. Nobody looks good when they’re lobster coloured! Pick a good tanning lotion that provides you with the colour you desire but also looks after your skin. Choose clothing that is feminine but not too figure hugging, and can be easily removed to show off that bikini. Love the summer!