We’re all looking forward to spending some time in the great outdoors this summer. But since the New Zealand sun can be harsher than we expect sometimes, it’s important to keep ourselves and our families safe. Here are some great tips to remember to help you stay sunsmart this summer!
Slip into the shade
This one’s particularly important if you’re heading to a place that doesn’t have a lot of cover. If there aren’t any trees around to provide shelter from the sun, definitely bring your own beach umbrella or pop-up tent. The New Zealand sun is usually at its harshest between 10am and 4pm so make sure you’re regularly taking breaks out of the sun.
Slop on the sunscreen
Many of us always use sunscreen in summer, but it tends to be with a bit of a set-and-forget approach. We forget that there are a few things to remember to make sure it’s actually going to work properly. It’s important to use a sunscreen with a high SPF with UVA and UVB protection, and make it waterproof if you’re going for a dip. You should also apply it 20 minutes before you actually go out in the sun and reapply often.
Slap on a hat
Make sure to bring a hat with you if you’re going to be out in the sun. A cap is better than nothing, but don’t forget to keep applying sunscreen to any parts of your neck that might be exposed. It’s better to go with a wide-brimmed hat that can protect both your face and neck. Don’t forget that you can still get burnt even on a cloudy day, so always keep a hat handy!
Slip into something light
You obviously don’t want to be wearing heavy long-sleeved clothes in summer, but it is important to keep covered where you can. Try throwing on a light kaftan or some loose pants to keep you cool at the same time. If you’ve got kids, make sure you’ve sorted them a rash shirt or something similar.
Wear some wraparound sunglasses
You might not think twice before throwing on a pair of sunglasses before going out, but many of us tend to go for fashion over form. That’s not ideal when it comes to actually protecting our eyes from the sun. Find some good quality sunglasses that have proper UV protection, and preferably wrap around so you’re fully protected.