Top Tips to avoid Sunburn

Shade

  • Try to stay in shade, especially during the hottest part of the day (between 11am – 3pm)
  • Think about creating your own shade wherever you are – parasols, beach tents, trees etc

Clothing

  • Cover up
  • Wear a hat – wide brimmed and those with a flap at the back of the neck provide most protection
  • Wear lightweight, light coloured clothes
  • Some clothing has inbuilt sun protection – this is very useful especially for children

Sunscreen

  • Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB damage.
  • A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 is necessary – the higher the SPF – the higher the level of protection.
  • Apply the sunscreen – before going outdoors and reapply regularly
  • Remember activities like swimming can remove sunscreen – you might need to reapply
  • Always check your sunscreen has not expired.

Sunglasses

  • It is always wise to protect the eyes and establish this habit early with children
  • Check the label – they should have a standards mark and offer protection from UVA and AVB
  • If you wear glasses –think about protective shades or prescription sunglasses

Useful Information

What to do if you get sunburnt

  • Come into the shade
  • Bath the area affected in cool water and pat dry
  • Apply an after- sun lotion or a relief cream such as calamine
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • If blistering occurs seek advice from your doctor