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10 Top Tips for Sun Health

Protecting yourself from the sun is essential for preserving your health, preventing skin damage, and reducing the risk of serious health conditions such as skin cancer and eye disorders. It allows you to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities while minimising the potential harm from UV radiation.

Here are my top 10 tips for maintaining sun health:

1.        Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and hands, even on cloudy days. Reapply every two hours or more frequently if you're sweating or swimming. I personally LOVE Tropic Skincare’s Facial Sun Day and Great Barrier Reef for protecting myself and my family. Grab yours via my shop!

2.        Seek Shade: When outdoors, especially during peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), seek shade under trees, umbrellas, or canopies to reduce direct exposure to UV rays.

3.        Wear Protective Clothing: Cover up with lightweight, tightly woven clothing that protects your skin from the sun. Opt for long-sleeved shirts, linen trousers, floaty maxi dresses wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection.

4.        Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when spending time outdoors in the sun. Dehydration can exacerbate the effects of sun exposure.

5.        Limit Sun Exposure: Try to limit your time in the sun, particularly during peak hours when UV rays are strongest. Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon when the sun's intensity is lower.

6.        Protect Your Eyes: Wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes from sun damage and reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions.

7.        Check UV Index: Check the UV index forecast for your area before heading outdoors. The UV index indicates the strength of the sun's UV rays and helps you take appropriate sun protection measures.

8.        Avoid Tanning Beds: Avoid using tanning beds, as they emit harmful UV radiation that can increase the risk of skin cancer and accelerate skin aging.

9.        Perform Skin Checks: Regularly check your skin for any changes in moles, freckles, or other spots. If you notice any unusual changes, such as asymmetry, irregular borders, or changes in colour or size, consult your GP.

10.   Stay Informed: Stay informed about sun safety practices and the risks associated with sun exposure. Educate yourself and others about the importance of sun protection for long-term skin health.

Don’t forget that your skin is your largest organ, so nourish it and protect it. By following these sun health tips, you can enjoy the outdoors safely whilst minimising the risk of sunburn, skin damage, and long-term consequences such as skin cancer and premature aging.

Remember, that you are the sole owner of your health and happiness, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. If you need some help and support to transform your wellbeing, I am here to help. Let’s chat and take the first step towards a happier, healthier you.

With arms wide open with love and kindness,

Becci x

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