Holiday Tips and Advice

Staying safe in the Sun

November 13, 2015

When travelling abroad to different locations around the world it is important to remember that the climate that you are travelling to is probably going to be different from the climate that you are used to.

Here are some top tips for travelling to hot countries where you may need to use sun lotion.

Protecting Skin from the suns harmful rays.

The sun emits different types of light waves that have  varying lengths, which include:
– Infrared rays
– visible light
-& ultraviolet rays.

UVB and UVA rays, are the rays that are absorbed by the skin and can cause changes in the skin that may lead to:
-premature aging
-sun tan
-sunburn.

If you are exposed to shortwave UVB rays you are more likely to get sunburn. The SPF ratings on sunscreens are a good guide for the level of UVB protection a product can offers.

[table td1=”SPF Rating” td2=”Percentage of Rays Blocked”] [td1] 2 [/td1] [td2] 50% [/td2] [td1] 4 [/td1] [td2] 75% [/td2][td1] 8 [/td1] [td2] 87% [/td2][td1] 15 [/td1] [td2] 93% [/td2][td1] 30 [/td1] [td2] 97% [/td2][td1] 50 [/td1] [td2] 98% [/td2][td1] 100 [/td1] [td2] 99% [/td2][/table]

We recommend not staying in the sun for too long as difficult as this can be.

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  • Jessica Hays November 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    As Interesting as the article is and does give me a better understanding of what the SPF means on the sun tan lotion bottle, I love to sunbath (as do most) so can’t take the info to seriously. Thanks Anyway

    • admin November 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks for your comments Jessica, we all love to sunbath. We think it’s important to share the reason why we use sunscreen in the first place. If you’re travelling soon, please get in touch with one of our team and we can quote you for your travel insurance if needed.

      Admin – Your Travel Insurance