With a mini heatwave set to arrive in the UK later in May, marking the start of a long-awaited sunny summer, research reveals 83% of Brits would prefer to holiday here in the UK rather than travel abroad this year.

Whether you are planning a staycation in the UK or venturing further afield, making sure you take the right steps to protect you skin from the sun is important.

Well Pharmacist, Wendy Lee, shares her advice on how to stay safe in the sun no matter where you plan to spend your summer in 2021.

1.    Choose the right SPF

Applying sun cream is important to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Personally, I recommend a minimum of SPF 30 to my patients, with a UVA rating of 4 or 5 stars.

2.    Think waterproof protection

If you and your family enjoy spending the day by the pool or the seaside, buying sun cream that is completely water-resistant is important. This will mean you can swim while staying protected.

3.    Sensitive skin? We’re here to help

There are sun creams specially formulated for sensitive skin. So, if you or your child suffers from eczema or sensitive skin, pop in and speak with our Well pharmacy team and they will be able to recommend you a sun cream which can protect sun sensitive skin from irritation.

4.    Apply every two hours

While you are out in the sun you should be thinking about re-applying every two hours, or immediately if you’ve been swimming. Lots of things can cause accidental removal like sweating, scrapes and scuffs so even if you buy ‘once a day’ protection you should continue to re-apply to make sure you and your family stay protected throughout the day.

5.    Check the date!

Most sun creams have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months after opening so make sure you check all your bottles for the expiry date before you apply! Also, make sure keep them stored away from direct sunlight.

6.    Limit your sun exposure

Sun cream is not the only way you can protect you and your family from the sun. I make sure my family have limited exposure between 11am and 3pm by moving to a shaded area. Clothing is also a great for sun protection such as hats, t-shirts and sunglasses. Babies under six months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight and remember young children skin is much more sensitive so take extra care!

7.    Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is crucial and water is the best way to hydrate; you can also drink coconut water as an alternative to sports drinks or fruit infused water that has added flavour without the added sugar. Fruits and vegetables are also great sources of water – watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes can help keep you hydrated and maintain your health and wellbeing.