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During the summer months, it’s easy to get carried away soaking up the sun, and we only know too well how painful sunburn can be. While applying sun lotion can help reduce the damaging effects of sitting in the sun for a prolonged period of time, there are plenty of other ways you can ensure you remain safe this summer. Here’s how.

Wear Sun Cream

Sun cream is incredibly important when sunbathing in the garden as it blocks out UV rays and helps to reduce the harmful effect of the sun on your skin. For full protection, SPF 50 sun cream is recommended, as it blocks out 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. While applying sun lotion at least every two hours can help reduce the risk of burning, experts advise to avoid sitting in the sun during the warmest parts of that day, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Between this time, the sun rays are strongest and have the potential to cause the most damage. You don’t need to hide from the sun completely during this time range, but you should ensure that you take regular breaks from the heat either by heading indoors or moving into the shade.

Dress Appropriately

When planning to sit in the sun, it’s important that you dress appropriately. Whether you have sensitive skin or simply don’t want to burn, you should wear clothes that provide protection yet are lightweight to ensure overheating. For additional peace of mind wearing a hat and sunglasses can help protect the most sensitive parts of the human body – but be sure to avoid panda eyes!

Take Breaks

Taking regular breaks from the heat is just as important as dressing appropriately and applying sun lotion. Not only will taking a break from time to time avoid burning, but it will ensure you remain hydrated throughout the day. This will this greatly reduce the risk of heatstroke and dehydration which could lead to serious health problems in the future.

Install A Canopy Or Awning

The addition of a canopy or awning within the garden is an amazing feature as it allows you to enjoy the sun safely without causing harm to your skin. Installing a canopy or an awning in your home can not only provide you with a stylish addition which can truly enhance the aesthetics and homeliness of your garden, but it can also allow you to enjoy the weather, no matter what elements you are facing. Installing a canopy or an awning can help to ensure that you are entirely protected from the sun when you want to be and provides an ideal shady place to eat and recover during the hottest parts of the day.

With small home improvements such as an awning or a canopy you can enjoy the sun without putting your skin in harm’s way. At Regal Awnings, we provide countless stylish residential awnings to fit any colour theme, allowing you to design your garden exactly how you would like. Contact us today.