Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

Learn how to enjoy the sun while keeping your skin safe from sun damage. NIVEA has the best tips on sun protection.

How to stay safe in the sun

There are a number of ways to stay safe in the sun that require minimal effort and won't stop you from enjoying the sunny weather during the Summer months. By making these simple changes involving things like sun protection clothing, and SPF levels in sunscreen, you'll know how to stay safe in the sun this Summer. 

6 tips to help you stay safe in the sun

1. Sunscreen

NIVEA sunscreen has been specially formulated to give you the best possible protection from the sun, and they all contain ingredients that protect you from both UVA and UVB rays, so you can enjoy the sun with no worries. Top tips when using sunscreen:

  • Stay safe in the sun by making sure you apply sunscreen every morning before heading outside - this gives the sunscreen time to soak into your skin so it will be effective from the minute you walk out the door.
  • Use a sunscreen with a high SPF - SPF means Sun Protection Factor. The higher the SPF the more protection you have from the sun so keep this in mind when choosing sun care products, face care products and makeup containing SPF. Try the NIVEA BB Cream Medium to Dark SPF 15 for some light makeup coverage with sun protection. For children you should always use sunscreen with SPF 50+ as children's skin is more susceptible to sun damage and needs extra care. Try the NIVEA Kids Protect & Care Coloured Roll-On Pink SPF 50+ which is also extra water-resistant.
  • Reapply your sunscreen if you've been sweating or have gone swimming, as even the most water-resistant sunscreens will need a top-up if you're to stay safe in the sun.

2. Sun protection clothing

It's nice to get a tan and have that sun-kissed look, but not at the expense of your skin's health! Sunscreen is very important but sometimes more heavy duty protection from the sun's powerful rays is required. This can be done by creating a physical barrier between the sun and your skin by wearing sun protection clothing that will keep overexposed parts of your skin safe.

  • T-shirt

    Protect your shoulders, chest and back by wearing a big t-shirt while out in the sun. These areas of the body are often prone to sun overexposure so try to limit the amount of sun they receive and try to wear clothing with a close weave to provide the most protection possible and stay safe in the sun.
  • Hat

    Use a wide brimmed hat such as a bucket hat to protect your face, neck, and ears. These areas of the body are exposed to the sun more than any other parts of the body so it's important to protect them whenever possible. It's important to still wear sunscreen on your face even when wearing sun protection clothing like a hat because as the sun moves it's likely your face will be exposed to direct sunlight at times. 
  • Swimwear Clothing

    As well as using water-resistant sunscreen with a high SPF, when children are spending prolonged periods of time in swimming pools or the sea, add another layer such as a long-sleeved swimming top that gives full protection from the sun that won't run out.

5. Water!

When your body is hot you begin to sweat, which allows your body to cool off efficiently by evaporating so that you don't overheat. This causes your body to lose vital fluids at a much faster rate than it normally would and if you aren't replenishing these lost fluids, you may become dehydrated which can lead to further problems such as heat stroke. That's why it is vital to drink lots of water to stay safe in the sun. 

3. Eye Protection

We know that UV rays can damage your skin, but it also damages your eyes and can hurt your vision if you don't take the proper precautions to stay safe in the sun. UV rays come from the sun but they are also reflected back into your eyes from the ground, water, snow, sand, and other light surfaces. This is why it's important to wear hats and polarised sunglasses that have been carefully made to keep your eyes safe by absorbing the UVA and UVB rays. As well as wearing protective eyewear, try wearing a hat that shields your eyes from the sun's rays for that little bit of extra protection.

4. Shade

Seek shade whenever possible - this will not only protect your skin but it will also help to cool you down on a hot day, and help to prevent other sun overexposure feelings of illness such as nausea, lightheadedness, and dehydration. Babies & toddlers should always be kept in the shade where possible as their skin is extremely delicate and vulnerable to sun damage, so even with sunscreen for your baby, keeping them out of direct sunlight as much as possible is important. 

6. Sun strength & time of day

The sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm in the U.K. so try to limit your exposure at these times and spend some time indoors instead if possible. It's important to understand when the sun is strongest so that you can adjust your sun protection accordingly and stay safe in the sun. That includes wearing sunscreen with a higher SPF at these times, adding an extra layer of clothing to give you extra protection, and drinking more water to make sure you stay hydrated.