How to Stay Safe in the Sun and Still Look Great This Summer

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 airflow and comfort. The best fabrics for hot days are cotton and linen. Linen is everywhere this summer, so you won’t have trouble finding stylish pieces in-store 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 a lot of clothing, so stick to 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 fun 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.  A fake tan is the only way to safe tan, so enhance your colour yourself rather than relying on the sun.

For enjoying the sun every day, invest in a wide-brimmed hat. I have a Tina M Copenhagen Maui hat and love it.  A good wide-brim hat keeps the sun off your nose, forehead, neck and shoulders. These are the areas most vulnerable to burning. With a two-tone colourway and completed with a harmonious grosgrain ribbon at the crown, the Maui feminine wide-brim fedora is made from our 100% signature Flexibraid®. It keeps its shape and is crush-resistant, colour-fast, lightweight and hard-wearing – your perfect travel companion! Featuring a shallow crown, a wide brim and an internal drawstring head size adjustment, Maui is perfect for the beach, BBQ or a long lunch at your favourite outdoor cafe. Your style and sun safety will never be compromised with this versatile hat!

Sunscreens come in a variety of strengths, but you should use a 50+ SPF with UVA and UVB protection, especially with the Australian sun. I use Natio sunscreen products, particularly the sensitive skin range. A lot of sunscreens react to my skin, so I have to be careful with what products I use.

Loose clothing and plenty of water are the best ways to enjoy the sun safely. The wrong clothing and strenuous exercise can leave you at risk of heatstroke and dehydration. These can make you feel very unwell.

In the sun, you may not feel hungry which causes you to skip meals. If you suffer from some medical conditions like diabetes, it can be important to eat the right foods regularly.

Looking good in the sun is about sensible fashion choices and the right skin protection. Nobody looks good when they’re lobster coloured and in pain!  Love the summer!

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