Seek shade when you can as the intensity of the suns rays will vary throughout the day, and will vary depending on where you are in the world. In Germany for example, you should be out of the sun between 11:00 and 16:00, while in Spain, it’s between 10:00 and 16:00. But there is a good rule of thumb: If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade.
Dress to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. But bear in mind that not all clothes provide you with UV protection – so check the label – and if it looks see through, UV is probably getting through as well.
Sunscreen, + regular reapplication is the most effective way to cover any exposed skin. And under laboratory conditions, our cream would provide you with protection for more than 8 hours! But, life isn’t led in a lab, so if you’re running around / swimming around / sweating it out, reapply every 2 hours, otherwise: reapply regularly.
Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand as they reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn. And every 1000m up increases UV intensity by 6%.
Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice any skin that changes or looks different – see a dermatologist. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early. And if that change has started to itch or bleed – jump straight in a taxi and get to your dermatologist – it’s potentially serious.
Also, in Germany, if you’re over 35 years old and publicly insured, your health insurance will pay for a skin cancer screening every 2 years, so you should take advantage of that as well.