It can get very hot on the Costa del Sol in the summer and the health risk factors of too much sun and heat include Sunburn, Sun Stroke and Dehydration.
Sunburn is the term used for red, sometimes swollen and blistered, painful skin caused by too much exposure to UV rays from the sun.
Sunburn can vary from mild to servere and also varies from person to person.
How soon sunburn begins can depend on your skin type, the sun’s intensity and time of day* and how long you’re exposed to the sun, remembering that the sun during the summer months on the Costa del Sol can be very strong.
You may not notice the effects of sunburn for several hours after the burn has begun. Peak redness will take 12-24 hours to show up. Pain is usually at its most extreme 6 to 48 hours after exposure. Some peeling and itching may continue for several weeks after burning took place.
Sunburn is usually mild and short-lived and can be soothed by home remedies or over the counter products. Drinking plenty of water will also help as it will rehydrate the skin.
Sunburn is important to try to avoid, not only due to the pain and discomfort of it at the time but also because it can increase your risk of developing skin problems in later life.
Sunburn can occur in less than 15mins of exposure to the sun.
There are ways to help avoid sunburn….
- Make sure you use a high sun screen protection (50+) on your skin whenever you are in direct sun and remember to re-apply regularly
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Protect your eyes with sun glasses…
Learn more about Summer Eye Care and The effects of Sun Damage on the eyes.
- Avoid going in the sun during the hottest part of the day*
- Stay in the shade
Stay safe this summer on the Costa del Sol.
* On the Costa del Sol the hottest part of the day during the summer is considered to be between 1/2pm – 5/6pm