Many parents know their kids need vitamin D, most are well aware
that getting extra sun exposure isn't a good way to get it.
Repeated unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays can cause
skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.
Sunburn is dangerous at any age, but it's especially harmful in children and young people.
Who's at risk?
Skin cancer can affect anyone, but people most at risk :
Have fair skin that burns in strong sun
Have red or fair hair
Have a lot of moles or freckles
Have a personal or family history of skin cancer
Already had sunburn, especially when young
People with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to get skin cancer as darker skin has some protection against UV rays.
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Sun damage doesn't just happen when you're on holiday in the sun.
It can happen when you’re not expecting it
Whether on holiday or at home, you can protect yourself by following the SunSmart messages.
Follow these steps to safer sun protection :
Avoid the sun
Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
Use sun protection clothing
Then use factor 15+ sunscreen.
Apply sunscreen properly
Avoid artificial tanning
Wear a hat
Remember to take extra care with children.
Check your child's skin
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Tips for Sun damage or Sunburn :
With the temperatures soaring in the city, sunstrokes and sunburns are a common occurrence.
Apart from damaging skin and causing subsequent pain, research has also linked sunburns with
skin cancer later in life, so the best thing to do is to try and prevent them.
But often no matter how hard one tries, people often suffer from sunburn.
So, here're tips to help you avoid and deal with sunburns.
Soak it up. For immediate relief, soak the sunburned areas in cold water or with cold compresses for 15 minutes. Cold wash clothes work well.
The cold reduces swelling and wicks away heat from your skin.
Take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin.
Do NOT give aspirin to children. These help decrease the inflammation and reduce the amount of redness and pain.
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Give yourself a green tea compress. Brew up a pot of green tea and let it cool.
Soak a clean cloth in the tea, and use it as a compress for sunburned areas.
The tea contains ingredients that help protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation damage and reduce inflammation.
If your skin is not blistering, moisturizing cream may be applied to relieve discomfort.
Store the moisturizing cream in the refrigerator between applications as the coolness will aid in comfort to your skin.
Take a dip. If you’re burned all over, take a soak in a cool bath to which you’ve added oatmeal.
You can either buy a colloidal oatmeal product, such as Aveeno, or simply grind up a cup of oatmeal in a food processor and add it to your bath.
Avoid hot showers,take frequent cool showers or baths.
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Apply soothing lotions that contain aloe vera to sunburned areas, using either a fresh piece from the plant or in the gel form you can buy at the drugstore. If you buy the gel, make sure it’s 100% pure aloe vera.
If there is no blistering of the skin, consider adding Aveeno Collodial Oatmeal to the bath water.
It will aid in anti-inflammatory relief and act as a moisturizer for your skin.
Avoid any additional UV light exposure while your sunburn is healing.Wear long sleeves, hats, etc.
Do not scrub your skin your skin. Use an extra soft, absorbent 100% cotton towel and pat your skin dry.
Avoid products that contain benzocaine and lidocaine.
They may actually create more itching and inflammation by causing an allergic contact dermatitis.