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Stay safe in the sun!

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Most people like to go out in the sun. Sunlight is essential for human health and well-being and the health benefits of sunlight include the production of vitamin D, supporting bone health, lowering blood pressure, disease prevention and the promotion of good mental health.

While we enjoy the feeling of warmth and light that the sun brings, a widespread awareness that too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause skin cancer and premature aging has prompted people exercise caution when spending time in the sun.

Many people think this is something they only need to worry about when they go on vacation. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even when it’s cold outside, the sun still shines, even if you don’t feel it on your skin, so it can still cause damage. That’s why it’s essential to help your skin by wearing sunscreen as part of your daily routine.

Here in Turkey, temperatures can soar into the mid 40s and higher in the summer. Hot enough to fry that proverbial egg! Imagine what this heat can do to your skin!

Too often in summer, we see visitors looking like boiled lobsters!

Down with the myths!

To encourage you to adopt safe sunscreen practices, here are some of the most common sunscreen myths that people believe today.

  • Myth 1 – I don’t need to wear sunscreen if it is cold or cloudy. If the sun is in the sky, you must wear sunscreen, and the sun is always in the sky!
  • Myth 2 – My sunscreen is SPF 50 so I don’t need to wear that much. No matter what SPF your sunscreen has, it will only last about two hours, so you should always reapply it.
  • Myth 3 – I don’t need to reapply my sunscreen after swimming because it’s waterproof. In fact, there is no waterproof sunscreen. Water resistant, yes, but waterproof, no!
  • Myth 4 – I don’t need sunscreen because I have dark skin. It can be harder to see sun damage on dark skin. However, dark-skinned people are just as susceptible to sunburn, so you should always be sure to wear sunscreen.

Stay safe in the sun

Follow these sun safety tips to make sure you don’t put your health at risk.

Choose a sunscreen

Making sure you choose the right sunscreen can be a minefield of numbers, stars, and SPF letters, all tied to protection levels. Before you go shopping for your sunscreen, make sure you know what you are looking for. Too often, people only buy the one that is on sale!

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher every day is crucial. For prolonged outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

SPF numbers start at 2 and just hit 70. To determine how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

For example, if you burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 30 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 300 minutes without burning (provided you follow the instructions in the link further down in this article) .

Here are links to some informative articles that will help you choose the right sunscreen.

Click here to read ‘Sunscreen… What does it all mean?’ by qualified healthcare professional and esthetician Tracy Welsh, owner of RJRose Aesthetics in Essex.

Click here to read the article on SPF, UVA, UVB: sunscreens explained

Reapply sunscreen every two hours – more often if you’re swimming, showering or sweating and drying your skin. Waterproof or water-resistant sunscreens will resist removal better than other sunscreens, but will still need to be reapplied to maintain their optimal SPF value.

Click here to read NHS guidelines on how to apply sunscreen.

Don’t forget your lips

Lips usually tend to be overlooked when we think about applying sunscreen. However, few people know that the skin on the lips is much thinner and more delicate than that on the face.

Thus, using a lip balm on a sunny day becomes imperative. Not only does it protect you from painful sunburn, but it also helps your lips stay young and healthy.

Here’s a link to a buying guide from dermatology specialist Felipe Partarrieu that explains exactly what you need: 10 Best Lip Balms With SPF 2022 | Review by a UK dermatologist

Make every day a hat day

Make sure everyone in your family wears a hat.

The best sun hats should provide good sun protection for your face, scalp, head, neck and ears and have a high UV protection factor. You will find that sun protection hats come in all shapes and styles, offering varying degrees of protection.

Click here to check out Wallaroo Hat Company’s popular collection of classic hats with UPF50+ protection!

Protect your eyes

Research suggests that the harmful UVA and UVB rays contained in sunlight may also be a factor in a number of eye diseases.

Many people wear sunglasses to reduce sun glare or even to look cool, but there’s a more serious reason to wear them, to protect your eyes from UV exposure.

Click this link to read an article on how UV can affect your eyes and what to consider when buying sunglasses.

Enjoy a moment in the shade

Stay in the shade when the sun is hottest – between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you must go out when the sun is hottest, wear a long-sleeved top or shirt. Cover!

Stay alert to make sure you don’t burn

Don’t fall asleep in direct sunlight. You may wake up burned.

Çalış Beach Breeze

Çalış Beach is popular for the cooling breeze blowing from the sea in the afternoon. YOU MUST BEWARE! You won’t feel burned so be sure to reapply your sunscreen regularly.

Drink water

In the hot sun, you may feel some level of dehydration after about 10 minutes. Drink 500ml of water for every half hour spent tanning.

And the children?

Young and sensitive skin is particularly vulnerable, always protect your child from these harmful rays.

Sunscreen should not be used on children under six months of age, as these young children can benefit from very good sun protection with prams, hoods, sun protection clothing, blankets and umbrellas. Keep your toddler in the shade whenever possible.

From the age of six months, babies can be protected with sunscreen in addition to the protective measures above. Use sunscreens labeled as formulated for children.

Click here to read Sun Care 101: The Basics of Sun Safety for Kids

To finish…

If you’re in the sun and you feel like you’re burning…that’s because you are!

Stay safe in the sun and have a great summer!

Sources: daysoftheyear.com/Which/parents.com/RJRose Aesthetics/metoffice.gov.uk/My Best/NHS