I know, I know - it's so mind-numbingly boring reading about sunscreen, SPFs and UV filters. The only thing more boring than reading about it is applying said sunscreens, SPFs and UV filters.
I don't know about you, but this is the way my mind works: I know how important it is to be careful in the sun... But... I'm only going to be out for an hour. And I'll be moving around, not lying on a beach. And it's only May so the sun can't be that strong yet. These factors make it OK for me to leave the sunscreen at home don't they? No they don't. Last year I went on holiday with a friend and she ended up getting badly burned around the bikini swimwear. Since then she has developed patches of dark skin on her arms and back which won't go away. And the doctor's have told her to stay out of the sun all together. So I have been scared into action.
Here are my top five tips for low-maintenance improved sun safety:
1) Make sure you are using enough sunscreen. It's annoying applying a gloopy mixture to your face, I know, but if you're going to do it you might as well do it properly. Many people don't use enough cream meaning that they don't get their full SPF worth of protection. Better to use too much than too little - so smother yourself in that cream! Better stil, get someone you like to rub it in for you...but maybe not!
2) Buy curved sunglasses that cover the sides of your eyes as well as the front - wraparounds. This means that you're giving those windows-to-your-soul full protection. Make sure they have a label that indicates they give full protection to your eyes price doesn't always indicate protection level.
3) Make choosing sunscreen a bit more enjoyable by testing all the products and selecting one that you really like the smell of. It's going to be reapplied regularly so it's important that you - and your partner - like the scent!
4) Don't assume that because you sit in the shade you won't get a tan. About 40% of the sun's rays will reach you anyway. You'll still have to wear the sunscreen but you won't have to reapply it as regularly.
5) Get a selection of hats and caps. Check out Kangol for suggestions.
Remember the only safe way to protect yourself is to stay out of the sun!