Getting burnt in the sun is painful and can spoil your holiday. It can have long-term effects too. It’s a frightening reality that people die every year in the UK from skin cancer. The main cause is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sunbeds. Although it is important to be careful the sun is a source of Vitamin D, essential for strong bones and a healthy immune system. We love to see our Sunny D fans out and about in the sunshine below are some top tips to keep you safe in the sun and don't forget Sunny D is also an excellent daily source of Vitamin D!
Avoid the midday sun
The sun at its most intense between 11am and 3pm, so stay indoors or in the shade under a sun umbrella or a tree. Otherwise make sure that you and the family are covered up and protected from the sun. Remember that when you are abroad the sun may be much stronger than in the UK. At high altitudes UV rays are stronger, so skiers are often caught out in the sun. Your own risk of getting sunburned depends on how sensitive your skin is, as well as how strong the sun is.
Wear a cap or hat, and clothes with long sleeves when it’s really hot. This is particularly true for children who may burn easily. Don’t forget your eyes and wear sunglasses to protect the sensitive skin around the eye area. If you normally wear glasses, consider getting prescription sunglasses.
Use a SPF of 30-50
Use sunblock on your face as it is exposed to more sun. A sunscreen with an SPF in the range of 30-50 will give you enough protection for your body. Don’t be misled by claims on high-SPF bottles of suntan lotion. A SPF of 50 or more may give you a false sense of security. The main thing to remember is to spread it evenly, don’t miss areas, and reapply suntan lotion every so often. Pay attention to any moles which may need additional sunblock.
Don’t dry up
Stay hydrated in the sun by drinking lots of water and Sunny D. Keep an eye on children, and even your pets, for signs of dehydration. Lethargy, increased thirst, headaches, and feeling dizzy can all be signs that you are not drinking enough in the heat. In extreme circumstances, someone suffering from dehydration may faint or even risk damage to their kidneys.
Dealing with sunburn
If you do end up with sunburn, firstly get into the shade (preferably indoors) as soon as possible. Whatever you do, don’t continue to expose your burned skin to the sun. Then cool the sunburn by sponging your skin with cold water. Or take a cool bath, but avoid shower gel or strong soaps which may inflame your skin even more. Afterwards use loads of cooling moisturizing lotion. Drink lots to replace lost fluids. Sunny D will help with hydration. Seek medical help if you don’t feel well, develop a fever, or your skin blisters badly. With a severe sunburn, your skin may start to flake and peel after a few days, and then heal again.