Should you avoid sunbathing?

Should you avoid sunbathing?

sun protection, cream, parasolNothing is more fantastic than having a doze in the sun, whether it be on holiday or in the back garden in the summer (obviously when the weather permits!). However this can all too easily lead to sun burn. Try to choose a lovely spot in the shade, such as under an umbrella or tree. This actually still enables you to get a sun tan, but much more slowly and it is far less likely to damage your skin in the process. Our skin can unfortunately never forget the effects of sun burn and these later present themselves in the form of blotches and lines. This is without the increased risk of skin cancer you are more susceptible to.

When it comes to destinations, Ibiza, the Sahara, the Australian coast or even the most popular ski resorts may not seem to have much in common at first glance. However, they are in fact places where the sun’s heat is at its most intensive. It may be clear that you need to protect yourself from the sun in such places, but the speed at which a person can become burnt is surprisingly fast and this can be forgotten about when comfortably basking in the beautiful hot sun. Although they are essential for any kind of sun exposure, sun creams should not be thought of or used as tanning lotions. However, being proud of your sun tan after your holiday, (even if you cheated a bit by having a few sun bed sessions beforehand!) isn’t the worst thing in the world. The rule of thumb should be that (just like so many other things in life), you should do things in small doses! Furthermore, the earlier you are when you get sunburned for the first time, the more likely you are to develop skin cancer later on. This is why it is especially important that children are well protected from the dangerous UV rays. It is particularly dangerous in the water, where the sun’s rays are reflected. In this case you should be sure to cover your head and wear long-sleeves. This really isn’t over-reacting, it is just acting sensibly.

Try to enjoy your sunny days responsibly. Sunbathing under apple trees for example is lovely. You won’t get heatstroke or sunburnt, which is how it should be. There’s of course nothing wrong with sunbathing on the beach, as long as the necessary high-factor skin protection is used. Where’s the fun in lying on a towel on the hot sand until the point of almost heatstroke, just to be able to cool yourself down in the water? The sun’s rays are also reflected there and your risk of sun burn every bit as high, if not higher. Try to keep mobile, by going for walks along the beach and enjoying the cool breeze and the sound of the waves hitting the shore. Take care that your bare skin is not exposed to the sun for long periods of time. You should re-apply sun cream appropriate to the sun protection layer. If you bring a dog along to the beach, don’t forget that your furry friend can suffer from heatstroke too. Therefore make sure there is enough shade.