Sun habits to avoid this summer

Spending time in the sun is the best way to naturally build up the body’s levels of vitamin D. However, in a country like Australia, it’s important to remember that there’s a difference between “getting enough” of this essential vitamin, and developing unhealthy sun habits. Some of the most common excuses to not cover up are below:

”I’ll just get some colour before applying sunscreen”

Many people wait ”to get some colour” before putting on sunscreen. The belief is that just a little colour won’t do any harm as you’ll be putting on protection in a minute and it will give you a “healthy” glow. Unfortunately it doesn’t work as even a minor sunburn can cause concerns in the future. If you’re after a glow, try a spray-on tan or test out the body lotions that include a gradual tan builder.

”I’ve already applied sunscreen”

One of the hardest things to do once you’ve applied sunscreen is to reapply a second coat if you’re spending more than a couple of hours in the sun. Not reapplying after a swim or a few may be as dangerous or damaging to your skin as not applying at all. Try setting an alarm to remind you to reapply when the time comes.

“I don’t need to apply sunscreen, I never burn”

The number one rule is to wear sunscreen regardless of if you believe you burn or not. This is applicable regardless of age, gender, location or time spent in the sun. If you’re getting some sun in order to boost your vitamin D intake it’s important to check the best times to be in the sun depending on the season and your location. Summer sun can be much harsher than winter rays.

“But I applied sunscreen”

Don’t forget about the other parts of the body that need screening from the sun’s rays. Your eyes are sensitive to the light, so find a pair of UV filter sunglasses and keep them on throughout the day. A hat will help to protect your scalp and hair, and light shirts, or long flowy dresses and beach umbrellas will add more protection from the sun regardless of whether your catching rays on a a beach outing or poolside.