Sun safety tips | Win a sun care set

It seems like the sun has reappeared – hopefully it’s here to stay this time! As soon as the sun comes out, I am ready with the hats and suncream, because the little blonde 2 burn very easily. It’s so easy to get caught out, especially in this country – even when it doesn’t feel THAT hot to us, the kids can burn in a matter of minutes. 

Holiday Gems have come up with a sun safety list for the summer months, which I have found really helpful:

  1. Sun cream. So easy to forget, especially when you are just playing in the garden or the local park. If you are heading abroad this year, pack sun cream in your suitcase as it can be a lot more expensive in other countries. Make sure you use a high factor sun cream suitable for the weather, and a sun block for tiny babies. 
  2. Cover up. Your head is the first place the sun will hit, and an uncovered head can lead to sunstroke and sunburn. Try and get kids in to the habit of wearing a hat whenever you go out, even if you are just in the garden or popping to the shop – then it quickly becomes normal. Keep shoulders covered with a tshirt, sun suit or sarong.
  3. Wear shades. Invest in a pair of sunglasses with UV protection, which will block UVA and UVB rays. 
  4. Limit exposure. The hottest time of the day tends to be between 10-4. If you are abroad, try and limit the amount of exposure during that time by taking a rest in the shade or heading inside for a drink or a splash in the pool. Little ones may enjoy a siesta when it’s really hot. As a general rule, if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun is at its strongest and it may be time for a break.
  5. Kid care. Even waterproof and ‘all day’ suncreams need reapplying more often than you think. If your little one has been in the water, it’s always safest to apply a fresh layer of suncream when they come out. 

If the worst happens and you do burn, it’s important to take good care of yourself. Apply cool water and calamine lotion to the sore skin, or get hold of some after sun. If you feel tired, weak and dizzy, or are suffering from a headache, sickness, a fast pulse or symptoms of dehydration then lie down in a dark room, drink plenty of fluids and remove any unnecessary clothing. If sunstroke symptoms persist then you should seek medical advice. 

I have teamed up with Holiday Gems to offer one of you the chance to win a sun care kit – ideal for the summer holidays. 

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Terms and conditions. Open to UK residents, giveaway ends 9/8/17. Winner will be randomly selected from all correctly completed entries and contacted by email. Winner should claim their prixe within 10 days or it may be redrawn. Prize supplied directly by Holiday Gems.

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146 Comments

  1. Dean Boyle
    August 9, 2017 / 8:40 am

    Make sure you follow the shade
    And let your kids pick there hat from the shops more chance of them wearing it

  2. Emma Middleton
    August 9, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Keep covered
    Apply suntan lotion
    Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day

  3. Geoff Hibbert
    August 9, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Use a high SPF

  4. Michaela Campbell
    August 9, 2017 / 11:29 am

    Let your kids pick their Hats and Shades so they look forward to putting them on

  5. Diana
    August 9, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Suncream and sunhat! 🙂

  6. Kathleen Lynch
    August 9, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    A pop up tent for little kids is a great idea for protecting from the sun.
    Make a game out of applying suncream so it isn’t such a nightmare. I draw pictures on the kids before rubbing it in.

  7. Darren Sexey
    August 9, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Keep children in the shade between 11 and 3

  8. Kim Neville
    August 9, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Make sure you use the right factor sun cream so don’t burn

  9. Michaela Hannah
    August 9, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Remember to reapply after swimming!

  10. LEANNE DEMPSEY
    August 9, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Keep topping up the suncream

  11. Dawn Underwood
    August 9, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Re-apply sun cream regularly

  12. Paula T
    August 9, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and make sure shoulders are covered up x

  13. Hayley F
    August 9, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Wear a hat x

  14. Maggie Norvell
    August 9, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    keep out of the sun completely at the very hottest parts of the day

  15. Beatrice Benham
    August 9, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    High SPF suncream, hat and shades.

  16. Dawn Samples
    August 9, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    Make sure you apply lots of sun cream to the back of the neck and top of shoulders as these areas burn easily x

  17. esme mccrubb
    August 9, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    dont forget to reapply suncream after being in water

  18. Tina Cleveland
    August 9, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    Always dry off after swimming and reapply sun screen

  19. Tricia cowell
    August 9, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    High factor sun cream and sunglasses

  20. Adrian Bold
    August 9, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    Don’t forget to put suncream on the tops of your ears and feet if they aren’t covered. 2 areas that often get overlooked but can burn just as easily as anywhere else.

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