UK ‘Staycation’ Sun Protection Advice

staycation sun protection As the summer holidays approach, the UK is gearing up for a boom in UK holidays; but it’s important to take sun protection just as seriously as if you were abroad. 

The COVID-19 pandemic means that the opportunities to holiday in the sun are restricted compared to normal, so many Brits are choosing to holiday nearer to home, staying within the UK. Popular resorts such as Cornwall and Devon are reporting record bookings and high prices haven’t deterred those seeking to get away. Others are choosing to literally stay at home, yet still hoping to enjoy a bit of time outdoors in the garden or getting out and about.

If you’re used to lazing on a tropical beach it might be a different style of holiday altogether. If we don’t get the heatwave that many are hoping for, cooler temperatures in the UK mean that sunbathing isn’t always comfortable, but the British climate is more suitable for active outdoor activities such as bike riding, walking and water sports.

Whatever you’re doing, it is vital to protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays.

Sun damage causes premature ageing with earlier wrinkles, pigmentation problems and poor complexion. It also increases the risk of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the UK and still rising.

It’s easy to burn when you’re not expecting it. You can even burn on cloudy days and in the shade.

According to a YouGov survey by Cancer Research and Nivea, 1 in 10 UK adults don’t use any sun protection at all in the UK.

Sun Protection Tips

  1. Wear sunscreen with a high factor (SPF30+)
    • Apply generously to  any exposed areas – use plenty
    • Reapply every few hours and after swimming or sweating
    • Get into the habit of wearing this daily
    • Take extra care to protect children
    • Choose a quality sunscreen with at least a 4* UVA protection
    • Don’t forget the body – neck, ears, feet, toes should be protected as well as the face
  2. Avoid the peak sun hours of 11am to 3pm – go indoors or find some shade
  3. Cover up with clothing
    • Trousers/skirts and long sleeves
    • SPF clothing for kids covers and provides more protection than bikini/swimming costume/trunks when playing in the paddling pool
  4. Wear a hat and sunglasses when outdoors

Sunburn Advice

It’s always best to avoid sunburn if possible, but if it happens, tips for soothing the skin include:

  • Spray or sponge with cool water
  • Apply after sun or aloe vera gel
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you need to ease discomfort and/or inflammation
  • Stay out of the sun completely until all redness has passed
  • Seek medical advice if you feel unwell, experience swelling or blisters

Treatments for Sun Damaged Skin

Many people in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond notice the effect that sun damage when younger has on their skin. Overexposure to the sun can cause premature ageing as well as poor skin texture and pigmentation problems later down the line.

The good news is that modern aesthetic medicine offers a number of treatment options that can improve the appearance and the condition of the skin. The Smart Clinics offers a range of advanced skin treatments, carried out by its team of expert doctors and skin specialists. Options include:

  • BOTOX® and dermal filler treatments for wrinkles and rejuvenation
  • Thread vein removal
  • Removal of moles and skin lesions with testing
  • Facials

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The Smart Clinics is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee. Private dentistry is also available as an optional extra.

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