May 27 is Sun Screen Day

Sun Screen Day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of wearing sunscreen. Many people think that this is something that they only need to concern themselves with when they go on holiday. However, this could not be further from the truth. Even when the weather is cold outside, the sun is still shining, even if you cannot feel it on your skin, and so it can always cause damage. This is why it is vital to make wearing sunscreen part of your daily routine.

Mythbusters!

To encourage you to adopt safe sunscreen practices, here are some of the most common myths about sunscreen that people believe today. 

  • Myth 1 – I don’t need to wear sunscreen if it is cold or cloudy. If the sun is in the sky, you need to wear sunscreen, and the sun is always in the sky!
  • Myth 2 – My sunscreen is SPF 50 so I don’t need to wear it as much. It does not matter what SPF is associated with your sunscreen, it is only going to last for around two hours, so you still need to re-apply.
  • Myth 3 – I don’t need to reapply my sunscreen after swimming because it is waterproof. In fact, there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. Water-resistant, yes, but waterproof, no! 
  • Myth 4 – I don’t need sunscreen because I have dark skin. It may be more difficult to see sun damage on dark skin. However, people with dark skin are just as susceptible to sunburn, so you still need to make sure you wear sunscreen.
Live, laugh and don't forget the sunscreen!

Hot enough to fry the proverbial egg!

If you live in Fethiye, or you’re hoping to come for a holiday, there’s one thing you can be absolutely sure of …it’s going to be hot!

In July and August, the temperatures can soar to the mid-forties and higher. Hot enough to fry that proverbial egg! Imagine what that heat can do to your skin!

All too often in the summer, we see visitors looking like boiled lobsters!

Puts a whole new perspective on Turkey being “red”

Staying safe in the sun

Nobody wants to spend the entire summer indoors and some sunshine can be good for you. Sunshine helps the body to create vitamin D and gives you a feeling of general wellbeing too. However, all too often we overdo our sun exposure which can lead to a range of skin problems, the most serious of which include skin cancer.
 

Follow these sun safety tips to make sure you don’t ruin your holiday and put your health at risk.

Wear a high factor sunscreen

Using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher every day is crucial. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

SPF numbers start at 2 and have just recently reached 70. To figure out how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time

For example, if you burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning (as long as you follow the directions for application).

Click here to read the Which article on SPF, UVA, UVB: sun creams explained

Reapply sunscreen every two hours – more often if you swim, shower or sweat and rub your skin dry. Waterproof or water resistant sunscreens will resist removal more than other sunscreens but still need reapplication to maintain their optimum SPF value.

Make every day a hat day

Make sure everyone in your family wears a hat to protect the face, head and the back of the neck.

Enjoy some time in the shade

Stay in the shade when the sun is at its hottest – between 11:am and 3:00pm.

If you must be out when the sun is at it’s hottest, wear a long sleeved top or shirt. Cover up!

Stay alert to ensure you do not burn

Don’t fall asleep in the full sun. You may wake up burnt to a crisp.

Çalış Beach breeze

Çalış Beach is popular for the cooling breeze that blows from the sea in the afternoon. BEWARE!  You won’t feel yourself burning so make sure you reapply your sunscreen regularly.

A breezy July afternoon at Çalış Beach

Drink water

In the hot sun you can experience some level of dehydration after about 10 mins. Drink 500ml of water for every half hour you spend sunbathing.

What about the children?

Young, sensitive skin is especially vulnerable, always protect your child from those harmful rays.

Sunscreen should not be used on children under the age of six months, as these young children can get very good sun protection with sun protective prams, hoods, clothes, blankets and umbrellas. Keep your little one in the shade where possible.

From the age of six months onwards, babies can be protected with sunscreens in addition to the above protective measures. Use sunscreens that are labelled as formulated for children.

Protect your children from the sun

Click here to read Sun Care 101: The Basics of Sun Safety for Kids

Click here to read the Sunscreen and sun safety factsheet (© British Association of Dermatologists 2013)

Finally…

If you’re in the sun and you feel like you’re burning…it’s because you are!

Practice safety in the sun and have a great summer!

Sources: daysoftheyear.com/Which/parents.com