Last Minute Irish Holiday? Don’t Forget The Sun

Last Minute Irish Holiday? Don’t Forget The Sun

We have one month of Summer still to enjoy. With relaxing regulations, Irish families are looking to holiday closer to home this year, in Irish rentals instead of traveling abroad. However just because you’re not traveling abroad doesn’t mean you should forget about sun protection, as you may be spending a lot more time outside.

You not only have to think of Sun protection abroad, but also here is Ireland. No matter your age, protecting your skin from the sun is important. Ultraviolet Radiation (UV Rays) from the sun can damage your skin. Because UV Rays can reach the deeper layers of your skin, you could be exposing yourself to skin cancer, skin ageing, sunburn and eye damage.

Here are some Easy Sun Protection Tips

Use Sunscreen

The Irish Cancer Society recommends wearing sunscreen to reduce your risk of sun cancer. When picking a sunscreen, it is recommended that you pick a ‘broad-spectrum’ sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Apply to dry skin before going out in the sun and reapply every 2 hours. It is also important that you apply sunscreen to all part of your body, including face, lips, scalp and feet.

Find Shaded Areas

Because being outside in the sun is an easy way to get vitamin D, you should still go outside. While outside, make sure you spend some time in the shade. The shade can give you usually 75% protection from UV rays. One easy way to do this is bring an umbrella or sun shade while at the beach for example.

Wear Clothing and Sunglasses for Sun Protection

Investing in clothing made from sun-protective materials is an important way to protect yourself from the sun. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, then it might be important as well to get sunglasses with 99% to 100% UV absorption to protect your eyes. Covering up can be an easy, but important step in protecting your skin from the sun.

Check your Medicine

It is important to check your medication because some prescriptions make you more sensitive to the sun. You may have to ask you doctor or pharmacist and they can give you extra precautions for your prescriptions. If your medicine does make you more sensitive to the sun, then it is important that you are taking the extra steps to protect your skin from the sun.

We hope you understand the importance of protecting your skin from the sun. Staying hydrated in the sun and heat is another important thing to do.