4 Ways You Can Prevent Damage to Your Skin this Summer

Jun 2014

Looking after your skin might seem like a high maintenance task for much of year – and that’s without taking the warmer, sunnier months into account. But as long as you stick to a few basic principles, it’s easy to get into the habit of good skin care practice.

What many people don’t realise is that you don’t have to go abroad or visit the beach to fall prey to sunburn. As any weary festival-goer or UK-holiday maker will tell you, it is possible – and in some cases quite easy – to fall victim to sunburn in domestic locations where you might not expect to.

So whether you’re heading off to some exotic foreign location this year, or catching some rays at your local seaside town, here are some essential things to remember to ensure you’re looking after your skin:

Invest in some Head Wear

If you’re going to be standing outside for long periods of time, it’s always advisable to purchase a hat or a cap, to protect the top of your head. You may think that your hair acts as a natural sunblock – but it is very easy for rays to penetrate your hair and burn your head. Be smart, and invest in a sun-hat.

Be Aware of Peak Hours

When planning your daily itinerary, take peak hours of sun exposure into account. In most places, the sun is likely to be at it’s hottest around lunchtime, between the hours of midday and 2pm. If conditions are extremely hot, try to be indoors during this time, and head out during milder conditions

Stock Up on Sun Care Products

Sun cream and lotion is essential – you shouldn’t be travelling anywhere without it during the summer months. Always make sure you pick the appropriate factor too. If you need help or aren’t sure how your skin might react to these products, ask your pharmacist for advice.

Be Sensible

Most of all, use your common sense. Don’t stay out in the sun for too long, as you could risk damaging your skin, and suffering from heat exhaustion.

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