Whenever you’re outside in Cyprus, you really must protect yourself and your family. Don’t let sun burn or sun stroke spoil your holiday, just follow our top tips!

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Spending time in the sunshine is wonderful. It’s amazing for our mental wellbeing, and with sunlight energy helping our bodies to create vital vitamin D, it’s also beneficial for our physical health too, helping to lower blood pressure and prevent disease. With more than 340 days of sunshine every year, Cyprus is the ideal location for anyone looking for sun-filled days to spend time on the beach, hiking, enjoying water sports, and all the other amazing activities that are just so much more fun when you don’t have to worry about the weather spoiling your plans.  

However, while the sun is undoubtedly going to make your trip to Cyprus extra special, it can also be dangerous and must never be underestimated. The sun can be very strong in Cyprus, but it can also be deceptive. If the weather is a little cloudy or overcast, it can be easy to forget about the effects of the sun, but you can still easily burn. Whenever you’re outside in Cyprus, you really must protect yourself and your family. Just a few simple measures will ensure you have a great time in the sunshine, staying safe and protecting your health. So don’t let sun burn or sun stroke spoil your holiday, follow our top tips… 

Find a shady spot 

If you’re going to be taking a break and resting for a while, perhaps on the beach or by the pool, choose a shaded spot, under a tree or an umbrella. It can be easy to lose track of time when you’re sunbathing and spending too long in direct sunlight can leave us with sunburn or feeling ill. A shady spot is perfect for long lazy days.  

Don’t forget a hat 

The top of our head is quite susceptible to the sun and it’s something we tend to forget about. It’s wise to wear a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun off your head and also shade your face, neck and ears. 

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Keep covered  

Exposed skin is always going to be more at risk than covered skin, so consider this when you’re planning what to wear. If you notice your skin going red, then it’s definitely time to cover up and protect to prevent further damage. It’s also worth noting that wet clothing offers less UV protection than dry materials, so if you’ve been in the sea or the pool, it could be  good idea to change into dry clothes afterwards.  

Protect your eyes 

High quality sunglasses are a must in a sunny country like Cyprus. Choose glasses that block both UVA and UVB rays for the best protection. Also consider the style of your glasses. Larger glasses will help protect the delicate skin around the eye area.  

Use the right sunscreen 

It’s vital to use a sunscreen of a high enough SPF, and to apply it carefully and thoroughly. Of course you’re eager and excited to get out in the sun, but don’t neglect this important step and don’t skimp on the amount you apply. Be sure not to miss any areas such as your hairline, ears, tops of feet if you’re wearing sandals, and your back. You should also remember to reapply regularly, particularly if you’re swimming.  

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Stay safe, have a wonderful time! 

By following these simple steps, you can enjoy a fantastic sun-filled holiday in Cyprus, there’s so much to do and so many magical places to explore. Just be sure to take regular breaks and keep hydrated. In Cyprus, you can take it easy, there’s no need to rush. Have a wonderful trip!  

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