this time of year it is absolutely
vital to wear good quality sun
protection on a daily basis.
We Britain's have a poor record
when it comes to sun cream application,
although figures show we are becoming
increasingly aware in recent years.
Most of us use sun creams on holiday
but are a little forgetful when
it comes to days out in this country.
Many are guilty of applying once
in the morning and expecting it
to do its job all day long or
only doing the 'obvious' areas.
This year has seen a huge increase
in public awareness messages about
the links between sun damage and
skin cancer and a wealth of information
is available at most good chemists.
Improvements in the sun creams
available have been tremendous
and one of the most effective
on the market is the Ultrasun
range. Untrasun is an excellent
quality once-a-day product that
has revolutionized the way we
use sun cream.
Ultrason products allow you to apply
once a day and it continues to protect
for the whole day, even in and out
of water. It has high protection
factors that block both UVA and
UVB rays and is suitable for very
sensitive skins. It's a superb product
to protect children with as once
they've applied they can forget
about it for the whole day.
It's also good at reducing prickly heat
symptoms and contains no artificial
fragrances or fats.
Most of the products are applied from
an easy, mess-free pump dispenser and
there's even a gel formula that is completely
clear and matt for those who dislike
creams (Men often prefer this as its
less messy on hair parts).
Although Ultrasun is on the expensive
side, it really does do what it says
on the package and as it's only used
once a day, can work out comparatively
economic. Whatever sun protection you
choose, do remember that it's never
advisable to spend overly long in full
Children are especially prone
to heat stroke and dehydration
and should certainly be encouraged
to play in the shade as much as
possible, and to increase their
fluid intake dramatically during
Never, ever allow children to
play in full sun without the protection
of clothing, a simple cotton t-shirt
can offer a child a large amount
of protection, especially when
swimming in the sea, where the
suns rays can cause really severe
and unnecessary burning.
Sunburn in children is really
avoidable if the correct measures
are taken - using a once a day
product like Ultrasun will offer
superb protection without interrupting
their playtime. Pop a hat on them
if you can and make sure they
take plenty of sun 'breaks'.
your legs are feeling achey and
tired in this weather try
to elevate your feet at any opportunity
you get. If you are on your feet
all day at work, do try to 'put
your feet up' in an evening by
using a footstool whilst watching
t.v., Try putting your feet into
a really cool bowl of water for
a long soak, at the same time
wrap cool wet towels around the
ankle and lower calf area - this
can reduce fluid retention and
really ease aching muscles.
If you get a chance, lie on the
floor with your legs elevated
up the wall and your bottom tucked
almost upto the skirting board.
Hold this elevation for 5-10 minutes
if you can - you'll feel the benefit
when you sit up. Rubbing an arnica
gel or cooling alo vera
all around the calf area can really
help and to help keep feet cool
this summer, try a foot spray
such as Scholl-Deo Active Fresh
which will also help stop foot
Aching legs in hot weather can
also indicate a salt deficiency,
so if the ache turns to pain or
you have recurring cramp, talk
to your GP about increasing your
salt intake safely.