Do you always get sunburnt — we have some tips to avoid it this summer


Today is No-Fry Day, reminding your that as we get closer to the kick off of summer not to fry in the sun.  Here are some tips and tricks to avoid turning into a lobster when enjoying outdoor activities.

  1. Use sunscreen and reapply -sunscreen only lasts for a short period of time and needs reapplication multiple times during an outdoor adventure.
  2. Stay in the shade – bring an umbrella, tent, or find a shaded area.
  3. Wear sunglasses – even your eyes can get sunburnt if they are not protected well.
  4. Wear lip balm with UV protection – since sunblock does not typically go on the lips, they need protection too.
  5. Wear a hat – Help keep your ears and the back of your neck from getting sunburnt by wearing a floppy hat.
  6. Dress the part – wearing clothing that is tight knit and light colored will help reflect the sun back off you.  Long sleeve rash guards are also a great option when you will be out in the water all day.
  7. Know your medication side effects – check the side effects of the medication that you are on, some medications like blood thinners can make you more susceptible to sunburn .
  8. Limit your time in the sun – if there is no shade or covering you can protect yourself under periodically, get out of the sun completely to prevent sunburn.
  9. Be cautious near water, sand, and snow – water, sand, and snow are extremely reflective and will speed up the sunburn process .
  10. Know the signs of sunburn – knowing that a sunburn is beginning is important to beat the worst effects.  If you see signs of redness, pain, swelling, or blistering head indoors.  You can also apply cool compresses to the affected area.