How To Enjoy The Sun Responsibly

The summer has well an truly arrived here in the UK - it's been non-stop sun now for months and months. I'm fairly certain we're just a hot country now - I miss the snow! But for no, it's time to enjoy the sun and get outdoors. 

But whilst it's great to be out in the sun for short periods the damaging UVA and UVB rays can cause damage to your skin, leading to burns and skin cancer. In order to enjoy the summer to the fullest without burnt skin and hiding indoors, we all need to learn how to enjoy the sun responsibly and to show our children how to do the same. 

And the sun is good for you in ways too but you just need to make sure to check that it's right for you. You only need around 15 minutes of sun a day to get enough vitamin D if you are fair skinned, and up to 30 minutes if you have darker skin. Sunscreen can also stop you getting enough of the rays necessary to produce adequate Vitamin D but that protectful cream is always a must if you're spending time outdoors. 

How do we block those harmful UV rays?...

Make sure you cover up when you can. Wearing light and loose clothing made from tightly woven fabric is the best way to keep your skin safe but cool. If dining outdoors, Sloane & Sons have a whole range of dining furniture with parasols to keep you in the shade. 

As I said above, sunscreen is always a must. I always stick to factor 50 as you know it's giving you the maximum protection and it can block out up to 93 percent of UV rays. Just remember to reapply often and after you swim as most people apply once and the forget - that's not enough coverage to protect you all day!

Sunglasses and a hat should always be part of your outfit too. UV-absorbent shades will protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh UVA and UVB rays and a hat will cover your head and even your neck and face depending on the size of it. My husband learnt this the hard way, that a bald man should always go out with a hat on in hot climates. 

And lastly, stay out of the sun when it's at its hottest – between 10am and 4pm UVA and UVB rays are at their most intense. We prefer spending the evening outdoors, once the sun has calmed, the rays are weaker and we can spend a little longer in the sun. 


  1. I always use sun cream, it is wise too

  2. surprising how many dont protect themdelves against the sun

  3. Alway use sun cream, you have to be so careful

  4. I always use suncream and a good sunhat

  5. Suncream is so important, but so is taking vitamin D as we don't get enough of it these days!