Stay Safe In The Sun

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Nothing beats playing outside with your friends on a beautiful sunny day. Although sunshine is good for you, too much can lead to sunburn which will leave it red and very sore.

After-sun lotions can help soothe sun burn, but it’s a much better idea to avoid getting burnt in the first place. Not only is sunburn very painful, it can also lead to serious skin diseases when you are older.

Follow Freddy's Sun Safety Tips to make sure you aren't left red faced this summer!

1. Always Use a Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a special body lotion that helps to protect your skin from the Sun's harmful rays. The higher the sun factor, the higher the level of protection. You should apply it half an hour before going into the sun and reapply it regularly, especially after swimming. Don't forget to do your lips, back, the tips of your ears and your feet!

2. Cover Up

Even in the heat, it's a good idea to stay covered up, particularly if you have very pale skin that burns easily. Wearing a light coloured t shirt will reflect the sun's rays away from you and protect you from burning. You should also wear a hat and sun glasses to protect your face and eyes in bright sunlight.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

Hot weather can dehydrate you very quickly, especially if you are running around. Dehydration and sunstroke can be very dangerous so make sure you keep drinking lots of fluids. If you start to feel dizzy, faint or sick, you should get out of the sun straight away and tell an adult immediately.

4. Stay in the Shade

Take a break from the sun and sit in the shade. It will help cool your body down as well stop you burning. You should always try and stay out of direct sunlight between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.

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