The summer holidays are now well underway with children from Land’s End to John O’Groats spending more time outside. With warm weather forecast for August, many parents are keen to protect their children against harmful rays. However, the British summer can be very unpredictable. Therefore, while it’s good to prepare for hot weather, we also need to be ready for cloudy and dull weather.
Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t know about the risks associated with cloudy days. This was clear from the results of a survey of 100 people that we carried out earlier this year. The survey asked people about their sun protection over the Easter holidays and it found that almost 50 per cent would only use sun protection if the sun was shining. More alarmingly, only 21 per cent planned to wear any sunscreen at all during the Easter weekend.
This is very worrying as clouds can actually increase the levels of UV radiation. The rays can reflect off the cloud’s edge and intensify the level of exposure on the ground. It is therefore important to remember that just because you can’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of our top three tips to keep your family safe during the summer holidays.
Pack the essentials
Britain is famous for its changeable weather and it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day. You might have a gloriously sunny morning but by lunchtime it could be pouring down. The last thing anyone wants is to get sunburnt or catch a cold during the long-awaited summer holidays. The only way to avoid this is to carry around sun protection as well as wet weather gear wherever you go.
Use a high factor sunscreen every day
Heatwaves are very rare in Britain, and therefore it seems ridiculous to put on sunscreen when the sky is dull. However, it’s important to remember that the potential for sun damage is not related to the temperature outside. UV rays are at their strongest from March to October so you need to wear at least an SPF30 sun lotion every day to stay protected.
Avoid a sunburnt scalp
When most people think of sun protection, they think of sun cream and completely forget about their hair. Why not pop our Scalp Protection Spray in your handbag for when the sun comes out? It’s only 50ml so it’s light and easy to carry around and provides instant protection for both the hair and scalp.
Whatever your plans this summer, stay safe and enjoy the break.