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Soak Up the Sun Safely: Essential Tips for Sun Protection

Sunshine. It brings warmth, lifts our spirits, and provides our bodies with essential vitamin D. But like most good things, too much sun can be harmful. Sun exposure is a major risk factor for skin cancer, premature ageing, and eye damage.

However, that doesn't mean you have to avoid the outdoors entirely. By following some key sun safety tips, you can enjoy the benefits of sunshine while minimising the risks.


Seek Shade, Especially During Peak Hours:

The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. During this time, seek shade whenever possible. Relax under an umbrella, a beach canopy, or find refuge in the cool shadows of trees (remember, shade moves throughout the day, so be prepared to relocate).


simply swim swimsuit with UPF+50


Cover Up:

Clothing is your first line of defense against UV rays. Opt for loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants made from tightly woven fabrics like cotton or linen. Look for swimsuits with a Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating, which indicates how effectively the fabric blocks UV rays. A UPF rating of 50+ offers the best protection.


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Don't Forget Your Head:

A wide-brimmed hat is essential for protecting your face, ears, and neck from the sun's harmful rays. Look for hats with a brim of at least 3 inches that shades your entire face.


Shield Your Eyes:

Sunglasses are crucial for protecting your eyes from UV rays, which can damage your cornea and contribute to cataracts later in life. Choose sunglasses that block out 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Opt for wraparound styles for added protection from the sun's rays filtering in from the sides. Goggles with UPF+50 are perfect for the swimming pool or beach for men, women and children.


simply swim goggles with UPF+50 protection


Sunscreen is Essential, But Not Foolproof:

Sunscreen plays a vital role in sun protection, but it shouldn't be your only line of defense. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to all exposed skin, including your ears, lips, neck, tops of your feet, and the backs of your hands.

Here are some additional sunscreen application tips:

  • Apply sunscreen generously and evenly at least 15 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you're sweating or swimming.
  • Be extra cautious around reflective surfaces like water or sand, as they can intensify UV rays.
  • Don't forget areas that are often missed, like the tops of your feet and the back of your neck.


Be Sun Smart for the Whole Family:

Sun protection is especially important for children, whose skin is more sensitive to UV rays. Follow all the tips mentioned above when safeguarding your little ones. Additionally, consider sun-protective clothing specifically designed for children, which often comes in vibrant colours and playful designs.


simply swim childrens swimwear with UPF+50 protection


Beware of Reflected Rays:

Remember, UV rays can reflect off surfaces like water, sand, and even snow. Be extra cautious near reflective surfaces and increase your sun protection measures accordingly.


Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:

Sun exposure can lead to dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty, to stay hydrated and cool.


simply swim water bottles


Know Your Skin:

Be aware of any moles or unusual skin changes. Regularly examine your skin from head to toe and consult a doctor if you notice any changes in size, shape, or colour of a mole or birthmark.


Sun Safety Beyond the Beach:

Sun protection isn't just for beach days. Remember to be sun smart whenever you're outdoors, even on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate clouds, so continue to follow these tips throughout the year.

By incorporating these sun safety tips into your routine, you can enjoy the outdoors safely and responsibly. Remember, sun protection is an investment in your health, ensuring you can continue to bask in the sun's glow for years to come.