How to Prevent Sunburn When Swimming
Are you going on holiday this summer? 5 days off work with your significant other, the kids and some serious tan to gain, oh how your colleagues will envy you! Just remember to be safe and follow our simple guide to staying safe in the sun, especially when it comes to the little ones when swimming.
- Stick to swimming in the mornings and evenings when the suns rays are weaker than in the middle of a hot day. Statistically the worst times to swim are between 10am and 4pm with sunburn.
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in the sun.
- Always wear sunscreen. Even as high as factor 50 if you have very fair skin.
- Reapply sunscreen as often as possible, allowing time for it to dry before jumping in the pool. Apply ever hour and a half or so for the fullest protection.
- Protect your scalp and your children’s with a swimming cap.
Sunburn and easy ways to alleviate sunburn
- Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen for dealing with the pain.
- Anaesthetic creams or sprays will provide temporary pain relief for dealing with skin soreness. Look for creams containing benzocaine and lidocaine.
- Moisturise to prevent skin drying out.
- Aloe-based products will also help soothe over-heating skin.
- Antibacterial and antimicrobial soaps will also help to prevent any infections.