Stay Safe in the Sun

Protect you and your kids skin this summer to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion.

Here are answers to the most common sun safety questions.

What factor (SPF) should I use?

Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The higher the SPF, the better. Puchasing a natural sunscreen or use sun protective clothing is a very good way to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure from sunscreens.

How long can I stay in the sun?

Don’t stay any longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen. Sunscreen offers protection when exposure is unavoidable it should not be used as an excuse to spend more time in the sun. The sun is most damaging to your skin in the middle of the day so stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm.

Should I reapply sunscreen if I swim?

Water washes off sunscreen and the cooling effect of the water can make you think you’re not getting burned. However water actually has the opposite effect and increases your exposure since it reflects UV rays. Even “waterproof” sunscreens should be reapplied after going in the water.

What should I do if I get sunburn?

Aloe Vera Gel will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation caused by sunburn. Keep the gel in the fridge as a cool gel with have an extra soothing effect. If you feel unwell or the skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help. Stay out of the sun until all signs of redness have gone.

Are children more at risk of sunburn? Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. Use sunprotective clothing and keep young children out of direct sunlight as much as possible. What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion? Heat exhaustion occurs when the body cannot lose heat fast enough. If heat exhaustion is not treated quickly, it can lead to heat stroke, which is a much more dangerous condition. Signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, faintness, nausea, headaches, low blood pressure, tiredness, confusion, loss of appetite and hallucinations. What should I do if someone has signs of heat exhaustion? If someone has signs of heat exhaustion get them to rest in a cool place, ideally a room with air conditioning. Give them plenty of water. Avoid drinks that can increase dehydration such as alcohol or caffeine. Cool skin with cold water. Use a shower or cold bath to cool them down or, if this is not possible, wet cloths in water and apply to skin. Loosen any unnecessary clothing and make sure that the person gets plenty of ventilation. Monitor their condition closely.

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