Summertime and we're all livin easy; whether exploring our beautiful Isles or jetting off to far flung shores. But it's not all palm trees and pineapples - we're talking sun protection and here's the lowdown from Peep before you go...
Use your threads
We're big fans of the straw hat, the bigger the better. They do a great job protecting our vulnerable areas; face, neck and ears. Steer clear of wet t-shirt competitions - they offer nothing in the way of protection or a place in modern society.
Loosely woven fabrics and light colours also offer little protection, so pass the sunscreen!
In our glorious summer months, radiation is three times greater than in winter. The sun's ultraviolet light and exposure to UV radiation is linked to some serious eye conditions... cataracts, macular degeneration, photokeratitis (corneal sunburn), and growths on the eye... ouch!
Protect your peepers by investing in quality sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation. Over 90% of UV can pass through even light cloud - so don't leave home without them.
It's not the colour of the lenses, it's the percentage of UV protection that matters. Go for 100% every time. Oversized or wraparound sunglasses block the most sun, especially when those rays are bouncing off sand and sea.
OK here's the science...
The two types of ultraviolet we know so well, UVA and UVB, both cause misery - UVA skin ageing and UVB causes sunburn and skin cancer. Mother nature takes care of UVC for us. UVA rays damage DNA and cause skin ageing - wrinkles, collagen damage and liver spots... say what?
There's also the new kid on the block. IRA rays. These InfraRed rays may penetrate skin more deeply generating free radicals and causing mayhem... still with me?
Solution: choose a broad spectrum, high protection SPF with UVA 4* or 5* protection, one with antioxidants if you're feeling fancy. Apply liberally 15-30 mins before venturing out and reapply every 2 hours, especially after hitting the pool.
Don't leave your suncream baking in the sun - it stops working when stored above 25°C . And yes, it has a shelf life - once expired it's not effective... so bin it... now.
Don't panic! You'll still tan with SPF 30+ product. Yes it takes longer, but bonus, your tan lasts longer and you'll be saving your skin.
Never let your skin burn - it's not the 80s - we all know better. Everyone's skin offers different levels of protection from the sun - if you're pale skinned you're more at risk. Out with the baby oil and in with factor 50!
Seek out shade
Step out of the sun before you start to lobster - turning palest pink is a warning. Eleven until three pm is the danger zone when the sun is strongest - we recommend long lazy lunches under canopy.
Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate
Keep well hydrated, as the temperature soars, it's easy to dehydrate and be left a little limp. Up the anti and add cucumber, mint, citrus and fruity ice cubes to water, or snack on strawberries, cucumber and melon to keep cool.
All Peep sunglasses give 100% UVA & UVB protection and we've popped a special anti reflection coating on the back, enhancing sun protection and reducing glare, to make the most of our beloved summer days.
School's out for summer kids... Enjoy!