Stay Sun Safe By The Pool 9th June 2016
The UK has seen uncharacteristically hot weather over the last few days, with people up and down the country sunbathing in their gardens and enjoying barbecues after work.
And the sunshine is set to stay for a while, as forecasters have predicted the heatwave will last several weeks. Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction has even nicknamed the month ‘flaming June’ due to its hot temperatures and blue skies.
So, if you plan to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts by lying by your luxury outdoor pool, make sure to stay safe. Here are our tips on keeping cool in the sun:
Always use sun cream
Even on cloudier days, you should use suncream, as strong rays mean you are still at risk of being burnt. Make sure you use cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above, and do not use if it is more than two or three years old.
Apply it 30 minutes before you go outside and then again when you’re making yourself comfortable on your sun lounger.
Don’t forget to put it on after taking a splash in the pool, as it may have rinsed away or rubbed off when drying yourself with a towel.
It might not make much sense to wear more clothes when the sun is at its hottest (especially if you are by the pool), but it is important to protect your skin. Always wear a hat and sunglasses, and even slip on a t-shirt, shorts or skirt.
Children can wear long-sleeved swimming costumes for added protection while splashing in the pool, as well as waterproof hats with flaps to cover their necks.
It might be tempting to enjoy a refreshing beer or G&T when relaxing by the pool, but the best thing to drink is water. Make sure you keep hydrated in the sunshine, as dehydration can leave you feeling very ill.
Take a break
If you feel you need a break from the sunshine, find some shade or go indoors. It is also a good idea to avoid the bright sunshine between 11:00 and 15:00, as this is when the rays are at their strongest.