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Safety in the sun

The sun can make a refreshing change from overcast or rainy Britain, so it’s no wonder thousands of us flock away for sunshine breaks each year.

However, too much sun or heat can leave you feeling unwell, so it’s important to protect yourself against the effects of the sun as much as you can.

Spend time in the shade

The general rule of thumb is that if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun is strong. In most countries, the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm. During these hours, it is recommended you seek some shade and reapply sun cream more often.

Use sun protection

Buy a sunscreen with a good SPF factor. You can buy most at your local Boots store. Make sure you reapply the sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re sweating, swimming or changing clothes as it can rub off easily. Keep a handy bottle on your person or in your handbag so that you won’t get caught out on days when you’re out and about.

Don’t stay out in the heat for too long

Heat can lead our bodies into overdrive, so make sure that during the heat of the day, you seek some shade.

Drink plenty of water

Stay hydrated with water and fruit juices instead of caffeine and alcoholic beverages, as these can make you dehydrated when you’re already at risk of overheating.

Don’t ignore symptoms of dehydration or overheating

Cramps, headaches, dizziness, weakness or vomiting are all symptoms that you’ve been out in the sun for too long. Find shade, or a cool place to sit, loosen any tight clothing, stay hydrated and as cool as possible. If your symptoms continue, seek medical advice.