As the scorching temperatures bake Bournemouth and the
rest of Europe, this month's report is on protecting yourself
from the Sun. Many people do not realise just how powerful
the Sun can be in relatively cool countries like Britain
- you can even get first degree burns!
your weather forecast, particularly the
universal Sun Index given out by the BBC and
other broadcasts. If you have light skin, then
should start to protect yourself when the index
is 4 or higher.
times are only approximate to the
average type of skin, but to find the time your
skin is protected, multiply burning time by the
factor of skin cream. For instance, a burning of
10 minutes, and a factor 4 suncream means that
you should only stay in the Sun for about 40
minutes before adding more cream or covering up.
whether your skin cream is waterproof.
If not, you will have to add cream every time
after submersion in water.
cream has got stronger more recently because of
worries of skin cancer, so it is
not uncommon to see factors of 20, 30 or even 40!
plenty of time in the shade and
drink plenty of water as you sweat more in the
summer. Too long in the sun means that salt
levels in the body fall too low, causing
drowsiness, sickness and headaches.
To replace this salt, either go to a pharmacy and
get some replacement tablets or make you own
drink of half a teaspoon of salt for a drink of
half a litre. You can add sugars if you wish to
make it taste nicer.
are also several things to do if you get burnt.
Keep the area which is burnt cool as burning
carries on even when you are out of the sun. This
is best done by applying lots of water to the
burns. You can then add an aftersun cream,
available from pharmacies. Oil based ones are
... but trust us on the sunscreen!