Top Tips for Staying Sun-Safe in Pembrokeshire
Whilst it’s true that Wales has a reputation for being one of the wetter parts of the British Isles, here in Pembrokeshire we have our own little microclimate that protects us from most of those grey Atlantic rainclouds. In fact, our little corner of the country is one of the sunniest places in Britain! Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Pembrokeshire enjoys over 1700 hours of sunshine a year and can hold its own against some of the well-known hotspots along the south coast of England.
We all know how tempting it is to run outside and soak up those rays whenever they appear but we often underestimate the power of the sun, especially in our temperate climate. At Warpool Court Hotel we want our guests to enjoy the benefits of our wonderful Pembrokeshire weather without the harmful effects and that’s why we're pleased to hear about this Sun Awareness Week (which runs from 8th – 14th May), organised by the British Association of Dermatologists. This annual campaign aims to raise awareness of the damage excessive exposure to the sun can do to our health and give practical tips on ways that we can protect ourselves.
If we’re honest, most of us will admit to having been a bit cavalier about using sun cream and ended up with a painful patch of sunburn at one time or other. As well as looking a bit daft, a stinging strip of bright red skin can not only impact on the enjoyment of a nice holiday - there can also be more serious consequences. The incidence of skin cancer has grown steadily since the 1960s and continues to rise – it is now one of the most common cancers in the UK. With UV radiation from sunlight being the number one avoidable risk for skin cancer, it’s time to get more serious about protecting ourselves and our families when on holiday. So, whether you’re hiking in the Preseli hills, building sandcastles on the beach or strolling in Warpool Court’s scenic gardens, here are some top tips to help you stay sun-safe on a summer’s day:
- Apply plenty of sunscreen and allow the skin time to absorb it before going out.
- Choose a sunscreen with the right SPF value for your skin type that protects against both UVA and UVB rays for all-round protection and use a higher SPF (30 – 50+) if you have particularly fair skin.
- Re-apply sun cream every two hours and after swimming.
- Remember that young children’s and babies’ skin is particularly sensitive to the sun so keep them well protected.
- Avoid staying in the sun for long periods of time during the hottest time of the day (typically between 11am and 3pm).
- Take regular breaks in the shade. If it’s not possible to find shade, cover exposed skin with clothing and wear a hat to keep cool and protect your scalp.
- Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays (but preferably ones that make you look cool too).
- Drink plenty of fluid to stay hydrated.
Like most things in life it’s all about striking a balance. Exposure to sunlight is actually really good for us when we stay within safe limits. It has been shown to improve our mood, aid restful sleep and help vitamin D production which keeps our bones strong among many other benefits - so if your holiday in St Davids can offer all this, it couldn't be better!.
As souvenirs go, we’d much rather our guests left Warpool Court Hotel with fond memories of a wonderful trip than a nasty case of sunburn! There’s nothing better than being in Pembrokeshire on a glorious, sunny day so the next time you stay with us just take a few precautions to help you get the most out of our lovely climate.