Sunday, June 9, 2013

Having Fun in the Sun, While Playing It Safe

There are not many people, especially here in the sun-starved UK, that do not enjoy a nice day at the beach or even a relaxing picnic out in the country. Sunshine is actually good for us, as scientists have proven that even just 15 minutes a day can provide just about everybody with the appropriate dose of vitamin D. In fact, it appears that sunshine is in fact the best source of vitamin D for us. Taking extra vitamin D tablets does not provide any real additional benefit.

Designer beachwear is just the thing you need when going to the ocean
Image attributed to Wagner Cesar Munhoz

It probably comes as no surprise that sunshine is in fact good for us. Just about everybody gets a sense of energy from being outside in the sunshine, even if just for a little while. But it is also important to remember that too much of a good thing is in fact not a good thing at all. Especially for many of us here in the UK, who are fair skinned by nature, prolonged exposure to sunshine can cause some nasty burns which can be painful and not look very appealing. It is therefore important to pay close attention to how much time one spends in the sun, as well as making sure that they take all the necessary cautions to remain safe.

The Best Swimsuits You Can Find
Who doesn’t want to look their best when they go to the beach, or even a local pool, if available? Let’s face it: we are all a little egotistical. OK, maybe some more than others. But at the same time, many of us are somewhat self-conscious and don’t want to appear unattractive in such a public setting. The good news is that there is designer beachwear that can make you look your best, with very little effort. Using the latest manufacturing technologies, they are able to make you look fabulous, no matter what design or colour you choose.    

Be Smart in the Sun
Yes, being out in the sun can be a lot of fun, but can also become extremely dangerous if not treated with the proper respect. It is important to always have safety in mind, not only for adults, but even more importantly for young children, who have not yet developed any type of natural defence against the sun’s rays. There are many simple things that can be done to stay protected, and although some of them are well known, they are worth repeating:  
  • Sunscreen Is Crucial: over the years, sunscreen manufacturers have been able to make products that constantly improve. As a result, today we can find many sunscreen products that not only provide all the necessary protection, but even will not wash off if one enters the water. These products are rated by their SPF number (sun protection factor). It is not a bad idea to get as high an SPF number as you can. Although it might mean you do not get a tan as quickly as you would like, you will also not get burned to a crisp the first day out in the sun. Use an SPF rating of at least 15. If you are going to spend many hours in the sun, a higher rating is advisable.
  • For young children, using an SPF of at least 30 or 45 is advisable. Their skin is quite sensitive and delicate and they need more protection than adults.
  • Combine sunscreen with clothing that will block the sun. Cotton is not always the best idea, but it is better than nothing at all.
  • Wear a hat whenever possible. Even people with a lot of hair can suffer from sunstroke or even just a nasty headache if they spent many hours without some protection.
  • Wear high quality sunglasses. Make sure that they block UV rays in various frequencies, to maximize protection for the eyes.
That was not so difficult, was it? With these simple precautions, you and your family can go out and spend a day in the sun knowing that no harm will come.  

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