Sunburn doesn’t happen only during holidays. You can burn in the UK, even when it is cloudy. Therefore, it is important to try and aim to strike a balance between protecting yourself from the sun and getting enough vitamin D from sunlight. Unfortunately, there is no safe and healthy way to get a tan. A tan does not protect your skin from the harmful sun rays.
A few sun safety tips:
Spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October.
Make sure you:
- spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- take extra care with children
- use at least factor 15 sunscreen to protect against UVB
How to deal with sunburn
Sponge sore skin with cool water, then apply soothing aftersun or calamine lotion.
Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn.
Seek medical help if you feel unwell or the skin swells badly or blisters. Stay out of the sun until all signs of redness have gone.
You can always come to Mi Pharmacy to get professional advice and get these products over the counter.
Enjoy your summer!