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Ways to protect your skin in the sun

Ways to protect your skin in the sun

Nobody wants to avoid the sun completely. And nothing beats an outdoor Hussle! But frolic in the sun too long and UV rays will be attacking your skin.

That means wrinkles, age-spots and even skin cancer. It’s time to defend yourself! 


All clothes protect again the sun. But according to experts a white cotton t-shirt might only have a protection factor of 5.

However, clothes with built-in UV protection are tightly woven to prevent the penetration of UV rays through the fabric. Their SPF of 50 means they block nearly 98 percent of UV rays. Some even have minerals like zinc and titanium weaved into the material. You gotta love science!


UV rays are at their strongest between 11am – 3pm (just when we’re out and about!) If you’re very sun-sensitive and the sun is hot it only takes 15 minutes to burn – even when it’s cloudy.

You can’t organise your life around the sun.  Just be vigilant. If you must go out, wear a hat, seek shade and layer up the lotion.


You don’t need to spend big bucks on sunglasses. But making sure your sunnies cover the delicate area around your eyes is a priority. Go large! An oversized pair of glasses give you more protection (and make you look like a movie star).  Alternatively, a wrapped style that fits snugly against your face will protect your eyes from all angles.


Just like the song says – ‘Wear Sunscreen’. You can’t go wrong with this old-age advice. Even ancient Egyptians used sunscreen, applying rice bran extract and jasmine to protect the skin.

Nowadays there are two main types of sunscreen. Physical ones reflect the sun and chemical ones absorb the sun’s rays. Overwhelmed by choice?  Just stick to the experts’ recommendation of an SPF of 30. Then stick on a hat and sit in the shade.


If you can see the sun, seek the shade. We know, it’s tempting to bask in the heat. But a little more shade now means a lot less wrinkles in the future!


Sun protection is getting futuristic! The latest breakthrough is a skin sticker that measures sun exposure. It’s thin and flexible and alerts you via an app when you’ve had enough sun. It’s great for techno-geeks. You can monitor your sun exposure and whether you’ve got your vitamin D quota for the day.


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Photo by Zwaddi on Unsplash

the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.