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Stay Safe in the Sun

by Jacqui Boorman, Jun 2019

1. Don’t skimp on the sun cream

A full-body application for the typical adult is 35ml. That’s seven teaspoons: one for the head and neck, one for each arm and each leg, one for your back and one for your torso.

Applying less sun cream can have a big impact on the protection you receive – using half as much sun cream means you get as little as a third of the claimed SPF.

Sun cream also needs to be reapplied regularly to remain effective – slather more on at least every two hours.

2. Don’t confuse ‘water resistant’ and ‘waterproof’

Water resistant is not the same as waterproof.

If you’re spending time in the sun at the beach or by the pool, be careful to reapply sun cream when you leave the water.

3. Don’t rely on ‘once a day’

There’s no denying that the idea of not having to reapply regularly is appealing.

There’s no universal standard that sun cream manufacturers have to adhere to when making a ‘once a day’ claim.

Regardless of how long your sun cream is claimed to last, it’s safest to reapply regularly.

4. Don’t spend too long in the sun

Studies have shown that people who use high SPFs stay out for longer in the sun. It can only offer so much protection – and you shouldn’t rely on sun cream alone.

During hot weather you should use sun cream alongside sunglasses, a hat, clothing and breaks in the shade.

Stay out of the sun in the middle of the day. If your shadow is shorter than you are tall, seek shade. Be aware that the solar noon may not be 12pm; in Spain it is more like 2-2.30pm. Act like a local and take a siesta