While this may come as a shock to some of you, in the past few weeks England has been lucky enough to witness near 30 degree heat! This glorious heat wave has however, meant that a large portion of the population are now suffering with sunstroke. Us Britton’s aren’t used to the blistering sun, especially not in our own country, so here are my tips on staying safe in the sun this summer.
- SUNCREAM! This should seem obvious but I know that I for one get caught out regularly, especially as I am so fair skinned, even if you’re ‘just popping to the shops’ make sure you put on suncream. Sunburn is hugely overlooked as a severe problem in the UK but “8 in 10 cases of serious skin cancer could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunburn.” (cancerresearchuk.org) Stay safe and don’t risk it.
- DRINK UP Hydration is so important when staying healthy, especially when your body is at risk of overheating. (Read my blog post all about hydration here.) Drinking more water will help your body to avoid dehydration which can lead to heatstroke if you’re not careful. So, if you feel tired, dizzy, if your mouth feels a bit dry or you’re just thirsty, go and grab a glass of water.
- STAY IN THE SHADE I know everybody wants a tan but try not to spend all day in the sun. By exposing your body to direct sunlight for hours of end you are upping your risk of sunburn and heatstroke so take breaks, sit under a tree or sit under a parasol, anything to break up your time in the sun.
But do have fun! I know these are cliche tips but by simply looking after yourself you’ll find that the sun isn’t all bad, it is a great source of vitamin D and is perfectly safe if you look after yourself. So lather on the suncream, pack a water bottle and go and enjoy the sun while it lasts!