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  1. Protect Your Skin In The Spring Sun

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    Wear sunscreen to protect your skin in the sun

    With a scorchio weather forecast for this bank holiday, we all need to take extra care when playing in the sun. After such a long winter, it is very tempting to over indulge and soak up the suns rays, but your skin just won’t be ready for long unprotected bursts. Follow our five top tips to protect your skin this weekend, and stay sun safe rather than sun sorry.

    Use A High SPF Rating Sun Cream

    Don’t be fooled in to thinking the sun cannot harm your skin in the Spring as it is ‘weak’. It shines 365 days a year and can damage your skin on any one of these days whether it be Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

    At least twenty minutes before you head out in to the sun, ensure you liberally apply a sun cream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. This should be a broad spectrum cream that shields against both UV A and B rays. Reapply at regular intervals, especially after swimming.

    Be Aware Of Reflections

    If you are lucky enough to be lying on a sandy beach then you need to be aware that you are not only getting exposed to the suns rays from above but also from reflective surfaces such as sand and the sea. In the case of water, UV reflection can be as much as 30%.

    To protect your skin, ensure you apply sun screen to all that is exposed, rather than skin that is directly facing the sun. Purchasing a good quality water resistant sun screen will give extra protection to swimmers from both reflective UV rays and those that penetrate the waters surface.

    Cover Exposed Skin And Heads

    Wearing a wide brimmed hat not only keeps the sun out of your eyes, but also protects your ears and face, something that baseball caps are notoriously bad at.

    Necks are better protected by wearing a collared shirt rather than a round neck t-shirt but just remember to apply sunscreen to the exposed ‘V’ at the front of the buttons.

    Stay Out Of Midday Sun

    The suns rays are at their strongest when directly overhead, usually between the hours of 11am-3pm. If you can avoid it, stay out of the sun during these times, or at least limit your exposure.

    If you know there is going to be little shade at your destination then it is imperative, especially if you have young children and/or dogs, to take some sort of shelter. This can be as simple as a sun umbrella or a pop up beach tent.

    Be Wary On Cloudy And Windy Days

    Most people who have been badly sunburnt will probably tell you it was during cloudy and/or windy days. The cooler temperatures can lull you in to a false sense of security, but clouds only stop around 27% of UV rays

    People need to treat an overcast or cooler windy day as any other sunny day: liberally apply sun cream of SPF30+, stay out of mid day sun, cover the head with a hat and exposed skin with lightweight clothing, and err on the side of caution.

    Protect your Skin

    Your skin is the largest human organ and is exposed to everything from sub zero temperatures to scorching hot summer sun. Protecting it from damage is pretty easy but is often overlooked in the heat of holiday excitement. Superficial sun burn will dissipate over a relatively short time but the unseen damage to your skin will last a lifetime. So take some advice from Baz luhrmann and wear sunscreen.

    For more information on keeping sun safe visit the NHS sunscreen and sun safety webpage.

  2. Our Top Tips For A Healthy Happy Outdoor Christmas Holiday

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    Lace up your walking boots, pack your rucksack with a healthy lunch, wrap up warm (we have everything you need!) and head off for some fresh air on foot.

    Even better, pack your camping gear and book a pitch for a spot of Christmas camping. Earlier this year, WWF-UK published Livewell which showed how people could eat in a way that was good both for them and the environment. Now, Livewell’s five Christmas ambassadors present their top tips to make festive fare healthy for you and the planet:

    Good King Waste-less – “Up to 30% of what is brought home is wasted. Get creative with leftovers so your pennies and food provisions stretch even further.”
    Peas on earth – “Enjoy more seasonal fruit and vegetables such as spuds, parsnips and brussels sprouts.”
    The Gutcracker – “Eat less processed food as they often contain high levels of tummy-tubbing sugar, fat and salt. They also tend to be far more resource-intensive to produce.”
    Christ our savor-er – “Relish each mouthful of your Christmas turkey or ham and try to have modest portions of seasonal meats so that they are a tasty complement to your meal. That way, you can enjoy all the trimmings, too!”
    Scroogetinise – “Try to eat certified food, stuff that meets a credible certified standard – like from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for fish, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for palm oil or RSPCA Freedom Foods for meat and eggs.”

    And the icing on the Christmas cake?

    By following these simple steps, ‘YULE’ be helping to avoid climate change (food is responsible for 30% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions), conserving ecosystems on which precious wildlife depend (orang-utans and armadillos whose habitats are being cleared for palm oil and soya plantations will be particularly grateful), and improving your family’s health and well-being with nutritious and delicious meals. Duncan Williamson, sustainable consumption programme manager at WWF, says, “Christmas is the season of good will to all. And that includes nature. So set aside those miserable low-carb diets and go low carbon instead. Our Livewell Christmas launched with a traditional Christmas menu and shopping list, that includes all the good stuff like turkey, nuts, bacon, cheese, sprouts and pudding. This really is a low-carbon healthy week of food that the whole family can en-joyeux over Nöel!”. WWF is one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. It’s working to create solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature can thrive. Find out more about WWF’s work, past and present, at www.wwf.org.uk.

    For more information:

    Visit Eat Seasonably (eatseasonably.co.uk) for information about what fruit and veg is in season now.

    Visit Wrap (wrap.org.uk) to learn how to reduce the amount of food you waste.

     

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