Sunburn is a nasty thing to have to deal with. It doesn’t matter how old we are; we can all be badly affected by sunburn. The younger we are, the more vulnerable we are to its damage. Now that summer is almost upon us, it is the best time to get prepared for the sun’s heat and rays.
So get ready now to protect your family this summer. All you need are a few small additions that will help you have fun in the sun safely.
Sun cream is very important. Especially for kids. Whenever they go to play outside, slap on some strong sun block. All creams come with an SPF number. This number tells you how much protection the cream provides and how long it will last for. For small children, apply a cream that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
Garden furniture helps us to enjoy our garden. It gives us somewhere to sit, and it can also protect us from the sun. Parasols are a great addition to any garden. Pop one over an outdoor table so you can enjoy an al fresco meal out of the way of the sun’s rays. Sitting in the shade will protect you from being burnt, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the warm summer weather.
Whenever you go outside with your family, make sure everyone is wearing a sun hat. A good sun hat will have a wide brim. Larger brims will shade bigger areas of skin. Some children’s hats have mesh flaps that can cover their entire neck. The neck is the most important part of the body to protect. If it is exposed to too much sun, you could suffer from sunstroke.
It is very important to know when the peak hours of sun are during the day. Often, they are between 11 am and 3 pm, although this could change slightly depending on your exact location. It is best to stay indoors as much as possible during this peak time to prevent any unnecessary exposure. If you do have to go outside, make sure you put on plenty of sun cream and cover up as much as possible.
Stock Up On Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an exceptionally good aftersun lotion and can soothe and help burnt skin. Keep applying the lotion until all the sunburn is gone completely. You shouldn’t rub the aloe vera into your skin too much as this can aggravate the irritated skin. Aloe vera is very good at soaking into the skin itself, anyway.
Every member of your family will need their own pair of sunglasses. It can be tricky applying suncream around your eyes, so this area of skin will need a physical barrier between it and the sun. Like with suncream, sunglasses can come in different strengths, so make sure you pick a pair that are blocking out enough UV rays. If your kids already wear regular glasses, ask your optician about prescription sunglasses.
You’ve got plenty of time to prepare for the sunny summer. Start today!