The sun’s rays are damaging, both in the short and long term. Ideally, sun protection should be used throughout the year, even under fluorescent lighting or when it is raining. However, as we all know, we normally only take heed in summer, if at all.

Sunburn results in redness, blistering and pain; as a consequence, after-sun preparations are used by everybody. Prevention is always better than cure and thanks to the media and the internet; the population at large is much better informed and far more cautious than a few years ago. Sadly, General Practitioners, Dermatologists and Oncologists tell us that many of the fatalities, as a result of over exposure to the sun, could have been prevented. Blistering, as a result of sunburn, is a definite indication that the skin has been damaged.

What do we do about it?

Firstly, it is advisable stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. If possible, wear a wide-brimmed hat and take shelter under a suitable sun-shade. In the case of children (whose skins are particularly sensitive) insist that they remain clothed while on the beach or at the swimming pool. Sun blocks are essential. In this regard seek professional advice before depending on a seemingly effective sun block which may not protect against ultra violet A&B rays. 50% Block out should be used by anybody with skin problems. It is essential for each person to use at least a factor 30 or at the very least a factor 15 throughout. Sun block must be re-applied every time after swimming or exercise. People with olive or darker skins are still subject to the same restrictions, although possibly to a lesser extent. Artificial tans in topical or tablet form are available, as well as self tan treatments, at M-KEM’s BOUNCE Salon, for those who should not be exposed to the sun, except in their normal daily routine.

TAKE NOTE: As a consequence of the increased use of sun protection, vitamin D deficiency on a large scale has been reported. Vitamin D should therefore be taken in tablet form (orally) as opposed to excessive sun exposure.

P.S. Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water, to prevent dehydration in the summer heat.

Mr M