To sunbathe or not to sunbathe?

Our body and soul both crave sunshine, enriching us with life and helping us protect our health. In summertime we are all drawn to beaches, outdoor programs and distant hot destinations like magnets.

In Egypt we must be aware of the scorching sun throughout the year, on the beaches and during diving safaris.

In order to enjoy the sun’s benefits with no worries, it is recommended to take the following advice:

1. Introduce your skin to the sun gradually.

2. Load up on beta carotene, eat lots of carrots and spinach.

3. Slather yourself with tanning lotion at least 30 minutes before going in the sun. This will be enough time for the lotion to be absorbed into your skin and it will not come off that easily in the water. However it is a good idea to apply the lotion again after you have been in the water. Use tanning lotion with minimum SPF 20.

4. Do not wear parfumes or other cosmetics as they may cause skin problems if combined with the effects of the sun.

5. Avoid being in the sun between 11 o’clock in the morning and 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Do not stay in the sun without any head protection for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time.

6. And finally, drink plenty of water to replenish the fluids you may have lost.

It is a strange paradox that while our skin needs the sun, the rays can also be very dangerous.

But if you follow the advice above, you should not be worried. Be smart in the sun and you will be fine.

Photos: Red Sea Boats Holidays

PS: Have a dermatologist check your skin every year for any changes!

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