Having fun in the sun without burning

How to avoid sunburn

Sunburn is a burn to the skin caused by excess exposure to ultra violet (UV) radiation in the sun.

It can also be caused by other sources of UV, such as sun beds. Sunburn should be avoided if possible, as even mild sunburn can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer.

You can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer by being SunSmart and covering up with clothing, a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.

Remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP and WRAP

  • SLIP into a long-sleeved shirt and into the shade. Generally, fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you greater protection from the sun. There are also certain fabrics on the market that have a SPF rating.
  • SLOP on plenty of broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30+. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours.
  • SLAP on a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps. More people get sunburned on their face and neck than any other part of the body.
  • WRAP on a pair of wrap-around sunglasses. UV radiation is just as dangerous to eyesight as it is for the skin.

Your local Life Pharmacy stocks a range of sunscreen and sun protection items like hats and sunglasses. Friendly staff can help you choose the products that are right for you.


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