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Feeling the heat from the sun on your body makes you smile and puts a spring in your step, but protecting your skin is vital if you want to keep safe and well.

Sun safety

Whether you’re at home or on holiday, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate deep into the skin causing cell destruction. Sunburn damages the top layers of skin, which eventually peels off, and whilst the new skin might look healthy all may not be well under the surface.

UV rays attack the skin’s elastin, which when weakened can cause sagging and stretching. Spending too much time in the sun can also lead to the formation of freckles, accelerated ageing and of course the increased risk of developing a malignant melanoma.

We’re not saying don’t go out in the sun but to be aware of the health risks it poses if you aren’t careful. Our top tips should help you protect your skin whilst still enjoying one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts.

It is essential to apply sunscreen everyday and in all weathers, even when it is cloudy. The Dermalogica Solar Defence System keeps skin healthy and youthful whilst still enjoying being in the sun.

For an easy to use, daily moisturiser that can be used as all year round Dermalogica’s Ultra Sensitive Tint with a 30 SPF is the perfect choice. Not only does it offer the most sensitive of skin first class protection but the subtle formula blends into the face easily for the perfect finish.

For more sustained exposure or when you are on holiday, opt for a ‘broad spectrum’ with an SPF of at least 30 plus. Applying Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 to your skin, preferably 15 minutes before going out in the sun, is ideal. The lightweight lotion isn’t greasy even when applied liberally, the rule of thumb is to use a shot glass-worth of cream every two hours, but is extremely effective. Ensure you put sunscreen all over your body including the tops of your ears, back of your neck, hair parting, face and the tops of your feet to be totally safe.

Don’t think once is enough when it comes to sunscreen. Reapply every two hours especially if you are going in the water or exercising.

Keep out of the sun between to 12pm and 3pm when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. During these times cover up with longer sleeves, hats and sunglasses with UV protection – there should be a sticker indicating this on the lenses or label.

At the end of the day, shower and moisturise to ensure the skin is soothed and rehydrated. Dermalogica’s After Sun Repair is an excellent balm containing a blend of Clove Oil, Licorice, Lavender, Cucumber and Chamomile that aids the repair of UV damage as well as soothing skin. If have been sunburnt it will also help reduce the irritation, redness and pain.

Young skin is extremely sensitive and can be easily damaged by the sun so protection is vital. When out and about, or on holiday, use an age appropriate sunscreen, hats that cover the back of the neck and ears, and look for clothes and swimsuits that come with UV protection. Remember babies under the age of six months need to be kept out of the sun altogether.Drinking for hydration

Check your skin on a regular basis and if you notice any changes or new moles seek medical advice.

It is really important to drink water when you are in the sun. Drink steadily during the day and don’t wait until you’re thirsty as this can be a sign that you are already dehydrated. Dehydration not only causes skin issues but can also lead to swollen feet, headaches and heat stroke.

Don’t use tanning beds. Simple.