Safety in the sunshine

Safety in the sunshine

Supersavvyme gives sun protection advice and offers tips to help you get the most out of the sun’s rays without getting burnt.

The sun may feel wonderful but it can harm the skin. How can we benefit from its rays and help reduce the risks?

Get the best from the sun
The sun provides a valuable dose of vitamin D – essential for the body’s absorption of calcium and phosphate to keep bones and teeth strong, and for cell growth. The sun has a long list of other advantages – it can lift mood through increased levels of serotonin, and helps the body create higher levels of the feel-good hormone melatonin. This also encourages a good night’s sleep.
Sunshine is also credited for strengthening our immune system, improving metabolism, increasing circulation, reducing the risk of certain cancers and diseases, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, and developing overall good health. Always wear a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection if you’re spending time in the sun.

Sun safety
Soak up the rays for 15 to 30 minutes in order to allow your skin to make enough vitamin D. In the UK sunlight exposure is most effective from April to October – our winter light is generally not strong enough, and at this time of the year our bodies tend to draw on their Vitamin D reserves and rely on sourcing more through the food we eat.
How much time is really beneficial depends on your skin type , but whatever you do, being sun-aware (see below) is also important.


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Staying sun-safe
At midday, when the sun’s rays are strongest, it’s important to stay out of the sun. Otherwise, make sure you wear a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and stay in the shade or cover up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself.

A word about sunscreen
Read labels to select a sunblock that offers protection from two forms of the sun’s ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVBReapply sunscreen in line with the instructions on the label especially if you’ll be wet or sweating. Remember babies should be kept out of the sun completely as their skin is very vulnerable.

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