Sun Safety

Monday, 8 June 2015

At the weekend, I was really stupid. I thought that as the wind was up and the sun wasn't TOO hot, I'd be okay with just a pair of sunglssses on while I helped to build a shed. In my defence, It was mid afternoon, so I thought the sun wouldn't bee too strong.

However, this happened:

 
Now, after laughing with family about my newly acquired 'tan', the reality set in. I'd done some serious damage to my skin.

I thought that I would share this humiliating photo to spread awareness of how serious sun safety is.

Here are some tips:

Sun Safety

1. Always use sun cream

SPF 30 or above is best, with SPF 50 giving the best protection for those with fair and sensitive skin, as well as babies.
Apply about 15-30 minutes before going outside, and then reapply every 2-3 hours, even if the bottle says it's waterproof.

2. Stay out of the sun if you can, but especially try to avoid it between 11am and 3pm when it is at its strongest.

Obviously, this can't always be done, but if you are outside between 11am and 3pm, try to stay in the shade if possible.
If you're going out to enjoy the sunshine, like going to the beach, take some shade with you!

3. Cover up by wearing a hat and sunglasses

A hat with a peak or a wide brim that can protect your neck and face is always good.
Some children's hats come with material to cover children's ears and necks, in a 'legionnaire' style.

4. Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water will help you keep cool and is the best drink to have when it's hot.







If you or your little one do happen to get sunburnt, try these tips:

Sunburn

1. Cool down

Take a cool bath or apply a cool compress to the skin to relieve some of the pain.

2. Apply aloe vera

Aloe vera is great at cooling your skin down and relieving some of the pain.

3. Apply moisturiser

Apply a thin layer of water based moisturiser or Vaseline to help rehydrate your skin and cool it down.

4. Drink plenty of water

Drinking plenty of water will help you keep cool and help to prevent dehydration.

5. Take painkillers

If the pain is bad, take some painkillers like paracetemol or ibuprofen to help.

6. Sun cream

If you're going back out the next day, make sure to put on more sun cream as the damaged skin will burn straight away.

7. Seek medical help
If sunburn is really bad and the skin starts to blister, you are burnt over a large area, have a high temperature or feeling generally unwell, seek medical help.



Hopefully, these tips will help and you won't end up like me! :)


I've certainly learnt my lesson, and I'll be wearing sun cream, my hat and sunglasses from now on!

6 comments:

  1. I have always found the windier it is when the sun is shining the more burnt you get...It looks sore! Hope it's eased a bit now x

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    1. Thank you. It took nearly a fortnight to go :(
      I will definitely be more careful in the future!
      Xx

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  2. Oh my goodness you poor thing! Good post for me, I'm having to swot up on sun safety was being black I've never paid attention but now having a fairly fair mixed race son I've had to learn to love the factor 30.

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  3. oh no bet that was sore I have to be careful am very fair great tips x

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    1. It was, but I've learnt my lesson!
      Thank you xx

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  4. Oh Laura lovely that must have been painful! Glad it's gone down, I see so many tourists down here the same shade early on in the year as they don't realise the sun and wind can make a powerful combo down here. Good tips though!

    Stevie xx

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