It’s scorcheo – 5 tips to stay safe in the sun!

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Phew! Don’t you love the British weather – Hail and rain one minute, then scorching hot sun the next! Maybe that’s why us Brits always talk about the weather as it’s a lot more interesting that an any soaps on TV.

The bright sun and it’s high light levels are great for topping up vitamin D, banishing SAD ( seasonal affective disorder ) and making us feel good – but it does have it’s downside.
I’ve listed a few tips to help you stay safe and a little less hot and sweaty over the next few days.

    1) Keep your environment cool:

    There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a hot bedroom at night, so start by keeping your house cool in the day. Keep all windows and curtains shut on the sunny side of the house and open windows and curtains on the shady side of the house. You will have to change windows as the sun moves round but this will keep your house wonderfully cool.

    2) Wear a hat:

    I don’t mean a wooly bobble hat! Straw hat, floppy sun hat, even a peaked cap will keep the sun out of your eyes and off the top of your head, especially if you are outside during the hottest part of the day.
    3) Time your exercise carefully:

    Exercising during heat will dramatically increase your chances of becoming dehydrated. It can also make it harder for your body to cool down and regain its normal temperature. So if you are thinking of going for a run or a brisk walk to the shops at luchtime…think again!

    4) Make sure you use sun protection:

    You could wear a light long sleeved top and keep you skin covered up… but if not make sure you have sun screen lotion on!
    The British Association of Dermatologist recommend:

  • Protecting the skin with clothing (hat, t-shirt and sunglasses ).
  • Spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when it’s sunny
  • Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has high UVA protection, and reapply frequently when in the sun.
  • Keep babies and young children out of direct sunlight
  • TELL YOUR DOCTOR about any changes to a mole!
    5) Don’t get ‘Hot and bothered’!

    More haste, less speed! If you work through your task list steadily, carefully without trying to rush around trying to do sixteen things at once you will find you can work much more efficiently and effectively than if you get hot and frazzled. Staying cool and focused on the task in hand can be a whole lot more productive.

Some of these tips may help, but the most important thing is enjoy the great British summer while it lasts!

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