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What to pack for your picnic

Summer is here and a heatwave is hitting the North West! It's time to make the right choices for your body and skin…

To make sure you’re making the right choices for a hot summer’s day, we’ve put together a list of must-haves ready to enjoy your picnic.

Let’s start with food! 

Of course, you’ll want something delicious, quick, and easy to pack! So, let’s break it down…

Wholegrains

Why not try making whole wheat pasta salads and wraps to keep you fuller for longer? Using wholegrains will also give you extra nutrients such as B vitamins and folate, and will help to feed your healthy gut bugs too.

Fruits

No picnic is complete without something sweet, rather than reaching for the chocolate, what about including some fresh fruit kebabs? These are fun to make for both children and adults. Try combining watermelon with blueberries and kiwi for a tropical taste.

Nuts

We love to snack on crisps but why not give roasted nuts a try? A healthy alternative to snack throughout your picnic making sure you’re getting your fiber and source of protein. Making the healthy choice for a better lifestyle.

Drinks

Staying hydrated in the heat is important. But sometimes you might want a change from plain water. To make your own low sugar fizzy drinks try mixing some natural sparkling water with a few frozen berries or a squeeze of lime juice.

Taking care of your skin

SPF is one of the most important steps in your daily skincare routine, even on cloudy days! As it’s getting warmer and sunnier, it's necessary to make sure we’re adding this to our routine.

Why should we wear SPF in our everyday lives?

The benefits of wearing SPF every day include reducing:

- Your chance of skin cancer

- Signs of premature ageing

- Likelihood of dark spots or hyperpigmentation 

- The loss of elasticity

- Likelihood of sunburn

86% of skin cancer cases are preventable by wearing a good SPF and limiting exposure to harsh ultraviolet rays. It really can make that much of a difference. If you want to find out more information on protecting your skin and health, book a private dermatology consultation to discuss any concerns you may have.

Sun safety tips

- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm

- Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses

- Take extra care with children

- Use at least factor 30 sunscreen

What sunscreen (SPF) should I wear?

- Sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB

- At least 4-star UVA protection

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