The number one rule of sun safety is to always use the right amount and strength of sun cream. You might not be the sort of person who burns easily, but everyone’s skin is affected by UV rays – and exposure to strong sun can cause potentially serious health issues.
Creams, blocks, liquids and sticks all basically do the same thing, but it’s important to pay attention to the SPF number on the bottle. The SPF is a measure of how well a sun protection product will shield your skin from UVB rays, which affect the top layer of skin, and the star rating shows the level of protection against UVA rays, which penetrate deeper. Always go for at least SPF 30 and four stars to make sure you’re getting the right level of protection – but what factor sun cream you use is less important than how thickly you’re putting it on.
Most importantly of all, always remember to top up your sun protection throughout the day. There are no fixed rules for how often you should reapply your sun cream, but The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends every two hours as an absolute minimum.
Also, if you’re going swimming, remember to reapply again as soon as you’re dry.