As the weather in Melbourne finally starts warming up, yes where has Summer been? Its time to remember to slip, slop, slap!
In the Western world a tan is perceived as being healthy but matter of fact is that a tan is damaged skin which most of the time was the aftermath result of your skin being burnt.
So what are some precautions you can take to stop from being burnt by the harsh sun?
1. Apply sunscreen liberally, most complaints received to the suppliers of sunscreen are caused by people not applying enough sunscreen to the skin, it is best to over apply than under apply. Aim for at least 50+ and re apply every 4 hours at least! More often if you are swimming.
2. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you go into the sun. This is the time it takes the chemical actives in the sunscreen to start working an protecting your skin. However Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide start working straight away.
3. Stay in the shade as much as you can, wear a hat and sunglasses... Yes damage to your eyes is easily caused by the skin and you can get Melanomas on your eyelid!
But what should you do if you get burnt?
1. Apply a cooling gel or Aloe Vera gel to the skin to reduce some of the heat on that area
2. Apply a cooling compress directly to the skin
3. Try your best not to apply creams to the skin as this can irritate the skin, as your skin has been burnt your usual skin barrier is reduced
4. Avoid having a hot shower, keep it luke warm or a cool as you can! And try not to use soap on the effected area
5. Stay out of the sun
6. Hydrate by drinking as much water as possible
7. If you experience nausea, vomiting, headaches or severe sunburn go visit your doctor or the closest emergency section of your local hospital
Stay safe and enjoy the Summer as its here!