Sunburn – the last thing we think about when we are outside enjoying the sunshine.
It only takes 15 minutes of exposure to the sun for sunburn to occur.
It takes 5 minutes to apply sun cream to prevent sunburn.
The redness and discomfort of sunburn is not what you want to be dealing with on a lovely day! And don’t forget that repeated sunburns could lead to skin cancer so it is important the you and your loved ones take the few minutes it takes to apply sun cream, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Reduce children’s exposure to the sun between 10am and 4pm.
- Ensure children have sun cream applied to provide UVB and UVA protection and at least factor 15 sun cream should be applied.
- Apply sun cream 15 – 30 minutes before sun exposure and again 30 minutes after exposure begins.
- Always reapply sun cream after children have been swimming or sweating.
After Sunburn Safety Tips
- Take a cool bath or shower or apply a clean towel dampened with cool water to the burnt area.
- Apply aloe vera or moisturiser a few times during the day.
- If blisters result after the sunburn, do not burst them as this will delay healing. If they do burst, apply antibacterial ointment to the open area.
- If your pain increases consult your doctor.
*It is important not to apply butter, egg whites, petroleum jelly or any other home remedies as they can prevent or delay healing of the sunburn.