Sunburn and heat-related illnesses are two of the biggest things to watch out for throughout the summer months. As we move into the hottest part of the year, it’s a good chance to remind yourself of the dangers that both the sun and heat possess.
When looking at which sunscreen to use, there are a few key things to keep in mind:
· Pick one that is broad spectrum. This means it will cover your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVB are the stronger of the two and can cause sunburn and most skin cancers
· Choose a water-resistant option. With beaches, pools and rivers all popular destinations across Aotearoa over the summer months, a sunscreen that won’t wash off in the water is the ideal choice
· Go for a minimum of SPF 30. This will ensure that your sunscreen is blocking out enough of the harmful UV rays to keep you protected while outdoors.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can affect anyone, but young children and the elderly are particularly at risk. In hot weather, be sure to keep an eye on those who are more vulnerable and check in with neighbours and family regularly.
Drinking and carrying plenty of fluids, dressing appropriately for the conditions (including a hat, sunglasses and loose-fitting clothing), and avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunshine are all good ways to protect against overheating.
Click here for more information on the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and what to do if someone suffers from these.