While we don’t yet know what new COVID-19 restrictions could be imposed on us over December, you shouldn’t let the uncertainty get in the way of your planning for a summer of sun-filled activities. Whether you’re planning a beach holiday, a weekend trip to the bush or just a day by the pool, it’s imperative to be prepared for the effects of the sun.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the sun! As the saying goes “you are my sunshine…” – and there’s a reason for that! The sun not only drives our weather, climate, and the changing seasons, Vitamin D from sunlight also supports bone health, prevents disease and promotes good mental health. In fact, it’s recommended that we get at least 10 to 20 minutes of midday sun exposure several times a week. Let’s shed light on some essential items to help protect you and your family from the power of the African sun.
Skincare and tanning
It’s vital to use skincare products with a decent sun protection factor (SPF). Moisturisers with SPF can form part of your daily skincare routine – it’s as simple as putting moisturiser on your face, with the added benefit of extra protection from the sun. For daily use, look for an SPF15 product. If you are expecting a day with a bit more sun exposure, you should definitely opt for a Face sunscreen with an SPF of30 or above. Remember to continuously reapply sunscreen throughout the day, and especially after swimming
Your skin is actually the largest organ of your body, so it’s important to treat it well and protect it from the sun. Applying sunscreen can protect you from sunburn, cancer and premature aging. And if you do spend a bit too much time in the sun, you can use aftersun to repair skin and replenish lost moisture, and lose that burning feeling.
Some notable and recommended tanning and sun care brands are: Heliocare, Caribbean Tan, Badger, Lancaster and Avon
Hats & Sunglasses
Sunglasses are an essential part of your sun protection regime. When purchasing sunglasses, always look for a pair that has UV protection. UV Sunglasses don’t always have darker lenses so be sure to check the label, Be careful not to confuse them with polarised glasses, which prevent glare.
A wide brimmed hat is a stylish and simple way to shade your face, neck and – depending how wide the brim is – your shoulders. For the best protection, choose a fabric that is tightly woven. Some fabrics also offer UV Protection Factor (UPF). Hats with UPF rating of 50, block out 98% of UV rays.
You can create shade almost anywhere with an umbrella, tent or outdoor shade canopy. You could even opt for a slightly more permanent option by installing a shade sail, which is very effective in keeping the rays away.
Sun protective clothing is the simplest way to protect yourself and unlike sunscreen, you never have to reapply! Choose clothes that will absorb the sun rather than letting it reach your skin. Make sure you have a shirt with a high UPF rating – preferably one with long sleeves.
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