OFF TO THE BEACH OR POOL: TIPS & TRICKS TO HELP STAY PROTECTED

The beach or the pool is one of our favourite places to be all year round. But there are a few things we need to remember to stay protected while spending a day in the water.

Going to the beach or hanging by the pool?

Make sure you grab your sun-safe essentials before heading out. Does your checklist include the below?

  • Sunscreen!
  • Beach tent or umbrella to provide shade - especially if you are going for a few hours
  • A wide brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Protective clothing
  • Stay hydrated – don’t forget to bring a water bottle

Kids on beach

Tips for applying sunscreen

  • As a general rule, you should protect your entire body adequately. When applying sunscreen pay particular attention to the body’s so-called “sun traps” (nose, checks shoulders, neck, arches of your feet, bald head) as these are very exposed to the sun’s rays.
  • Remember to re-apply after swimming and towelling.
  • Every skin type is different and may need application more frequently.
  • Put a timer on your phone so you don’t forget to re-apply.
  • Apply sunscreen 20minutes prior to before sun exposure across the whole body.

Sunscreen on back

Shade is the best sunlight

Remember to avoid intensive midday sun and prolonged exposure to the sun.

Did you know that up to 40% of UV rays still reach you in the shade?

Even though shade offers considerable protection from UV light, it does not shield you completely from it. A cloudy, grey sky reduces UV radiation by only a small percentage. So if you are in the shade or it’s a cloudy day you should not go without adequate protection.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. SUNSCREENS ARE ONLY ONE PART OF SUN PROTECTION. PROLONGED HIGH-RISK SUN EXPOSURE SHOULD BE AVOIDED. FREQUENT RE-APPLICATION OR USE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DIRECTIONS IS REQUIRED FOR EFFECTIVE SUN PROTECTION.