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Irish skincare expert Selene Daly is urging people to be sun smart as temperatures soar across the country.

Ireland is expected to reach highs of 32C across today and tomorrow before normal temperatures return on Wednesday afternoon.

We all know by now the importance of SPF in our daily routine, but it is particularly important to apply plenty of sunscreen during this intense heat.

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But how often do we need to apply sunscreen and what is the best way to do it?

Selene tells RSVP Live: “Apply it 20 minute before you go outside at all and are exposed to UV Rays, and then top it up every two hours in direct light no matter what.

“Make sure you have a bottle of sunscreen at home, in the glove compartment of the car, and your handbag so you’re never caught out.”

The dermatologist adds that patting sunscreen into the skin is the most effective way to apply it, as “rubbing it in can almost, in a way, rub it off.”

When it comes to the quality of sunscreen we use, Selene points out that there are certain things we need to look out for before making a purchase.

Sunscreen should be applied every two hours if you’re in direct sunlight

“Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF of Factor 50, or 30, with a four or five star rating and doesn’t have a lot of chemical ingredients in it,” she explains.

“If you’re buying something off the shelf with a lot of preservatives it may cause irritation.”

As well as sunscreen, there are other measures you can take to stay safe in the sun.

Wear a broad rimmed hat, keep in the shade between the hours of 11am and 2pm, and avoid applying sunscreen to the eye area by wearing sunglasses instead.

And even though temperatures are expected to drop to average for this time of year by the middle of the week, Selene’s most important piece of advice is to keep using sunscreen.

She says: “We should be using sunscreen from the first of March to the end of September every year. UV light is harmful to skin and you can’t always see it physically, but it’s in the atmosphere during those months.”

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