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Tips for protecting yourself in the sunshine

As a fan of sun holidays, I have been to many warm climates around the world. The sun always cheers me up and it has recently been really sunny in the UK. While we have only just started into March, I feel as though warmer days are ahead, as well as brighter times!

Today when I was out for my walk, I was really enjoying the sunshine and it reminded me of my many trips abroad over the years. I normally love to get away at the start of the year to enjoy some nice weather, but obviously covid has stopped that from happening this year.

I don’t think it will be too long now before we can think about going away. That said, if the weather is nice in England then the UK is an amazing place to be. I recently wrote about how staycations would be on the cards this year and this is looking more and more likely.

I am moving away from the point here though as my blog today was going to be all about the sunshine and specifically some tips on how to protect yourself from the intense UV rays. Here are some of my helpful hints on the matter.

Patricia Bech: Always wear sun cream!

Always wear sun cream especially on your face. I use at least factor 30 and even if we are getting some winter or spring sun, I will use it. I don’t just use it during the summer.

If you are somewhere really hot then take a break from the sun at midday. In fact, I normally sit out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if I am in a very hot climate. This is especially important if you are exercising, for example going for a run or heading out on a bike.

Patricia Bech Image bike ride in the sunshine
Patricia Bech: Image of exercising in the sun – you should take breaks

Always wear sunglasses. Many people forget that their eyes are just as sensitive as their skin and they also need protection.

Protect yourself with clothes and not just cream. I find that wearing light linen tops that cover my shoulders really help with preventing any burns.

Stay hydrated. This is one of the most important things to do during hot weather. You must keep drinking water and refreshing yourself.

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