Safer sun

We know it's important to protect our skin from harmful rays when out in the sun, but even when the sun isn't shining care is needed, as Boots UK's suncare expert Clare O'Connor explains.

Safer sun

UV rays radiate from the sun in two ways – directly, in a straight line, or indirectly, when they're reflected off surfaces. Both can have an impact on the health of our skin, so it's important to think about daily UV protection, even if you're not in direct sunlight – especially as some surfaces are more reflective than others.
In popular summer destinations such as Greece, where white buildings line almost every street, UV reflection will be higher, as white is a reflective colour. As well as increasing the UV around you, it also means you are still likely to be affected in the shade. Of course, on holiday you're more likely to have sun protection on already, but remember to keep it topped up throughout the day, even in the shade. Sand, concrete and even grass all reflect UV, but if any of these surfaces become wet the amount reflected can double. UV can also penetrate your skin on cloudy days and through glass.
Your face is always exposed and is one of the first areas of the body to show signs of sun damage and ageing, so protect it with a high-factor sun cream. Don't forget your scalp either, as it's a particularly sensitive area which is often exposed to UV rays all day.

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