Yes, we know we’ve touched on this before but we like to issue a periodic reminder!
So, once again, our top tips for spending time in the sun safely (but keep in mind, many of these also apply when you’re at home):
- When you first arrive on holiday take it easy in terms of the amount of time you spend in the full sun. Build up slowly over a few days – particularly if you’re very fair skinned.
- Use a heavy duty barrier cream and top it up regularly.
- Don’t assume that because you’re in the water you can’t get burned – you can. Always use a water-resistant sun barrier cream.
- Remember that it’s also possible to get burned when it’s cloudy (depending upon the exact conditions). So, a few clouds around don’t mean that the barrier cream can be missed.
- Whether you’re already heavily tanned or naturally dark-skinned, don’t believe for a moment that you can’t get burned because you can.
- Don’t spend hours laying in the sun, even with creams. Take regular rests in the shade – there’s plenty of it around in luxurious places like the water features at the Sea Temple Palm Cove or Port Douglas. Make use of it.
- Keep yourself well hydrated but don’t drink gallons of water without taking some food or other sustenance in order to keep your electrolytes in balance etc.
- However good you look in your swimming cozzie, remember to throw some light cotton clothes over the top when you’re out and about. It’ll help protect your skin from the sun when you’re not intentionally “taking a few rays”.
- Keep an eye on the kids. Youngsters often have no sense at all that they’re overdoing it a bit in the sun because all their attention is concentrated on the entertainment.
Enjoy the sun but treat it with respect!
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