Keeping Sun Smart When On Holiday

painful sunburn

Painful Sunburn

Sunshine at your destination might be much hotter than at home and lounging in the sun all day is tempting. However, the result can be painful sunburned skin.

There is nothing better than heading out on holiday and getting some summer sun, but these days getting the best suntan means staying safe in the sunshine, so here are a few tips to keep in mind before you go.

If you are travelling abroad for your holiday, you will probably know that the sunshine at your destination is likely to be much hotter than it might be in the UK and although the idea of lounging in the sun all day is tempting, the reality can be a painful one when it comes to sunburnt skin. The best way to avoid burning is to stay out of the sun as much as you can. Find your favourite spot to relax close to some shade, such as an umbrella or a well placed tree. The sun`s UV rays are strongest around midday so try and find things to do indoors between 11am and 3pm.

Remember, the suns rays will be reflected back off surfaces such as water, snow and sand, so be extra careful if you are skiing, on a boat or spending a large amount of time on a beach.

It is really easy to take precautions whilst out in the sun, starting with wearing a wide brimmed hat and high quality sunglasses. A hat can help protect the delicate areas on our bodies such as the face, neck and shoulders. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from the glare of the sun, reduce squinting and protect the delicate area of skin around the eyes. Choose to cover up with loose cotton clothing, like oversized t-shirts or a sarong.

Make sure you choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and apply it regularly, especially after doing active sports or swimming. The higher the SPF the more protection your sunscreen will give you and it is recommended to not go any lower than a factor 15.

Take extra care of your children when holidaying in the sun, as young skin is particularly delicate and easily damaged. Apply a high factor sunscreen thoroughly before they even go outside and continue to apply more sunscreen regularly throughout the day, especially after time in the pool or sea. It is suggested that you keep babies out of the sun altogether as they can overheat very quickly.

Finally, make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid dehydrating and keep applying a good moisturiser to your skin to stop it from drying out. If you do have the misfortune of burning make sure you sooth your skin with an after sun moisturiser which will help replace the lost moisture.

Keeping these simple tips in mind on your holiday means you can enjoy spending time in the sun safely and whether you choose a relaxing beach break, an all action skiing holiday or one of the many fantastic med cruises you can hopefully enjoy a great tan without any sunburn.

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