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How to Stay Safe in the Sun

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Knowing that you’re going on holiday is exciting; there’s no two ways about it. You’ve packed your clothes, finished your bikini diet and booked your flights to Rhodes or Skiathos and are ready to get going. Your holiday is a time to indulge yourself and spend time with your family or friends exploring sun-splashed beaches or towns. However, too many holidays are ruined through sunburn or heatstroke; we Brits aren’t used to the temperatures of Skiathos or Rhodes and it can be all too easy to burn. With the dangers of sunburn so well-documented, it is worth packing those extra precautions; prevention is better than cure.

On the Beach

Flights to Rhodes and other sunny countries can expose you to temperatures that we simply don’t experience in the UK. Even in a cool breeze, the sun’s UV rays can do their damage so, before you hit the beach, remember to pack a few extras:

- Wide-brimmed hats and loose-clothing

- Sunglasses with UV filters

- Sun cream

The beach is where most of us go to enjoy the sun, but try to ensure that you don’t stay in its rays for longer than you should – especially if you are prone to burning. Babies should be kept in the shade and children should wear a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor of at least 25.

Sunstroke

Sunstroke can be caused by overheating. Its effects can range from mild headaches to debilitating nausea and flu-like symptoms. However, it can be avoided by following these simple steps:

- Avoid strenuous activity in the hottest part of the day – especially important for children

- Take frequent breaks to rest in the shade

- Ensure that you pack or have access to plenty of non-alcoholic drinks, such as water or fizzy drinks, such as lemonade. Intense heat causes you to sweat which means you are losing fluid, along with mineral salts, even when you are inactive. Dehydration can be dangerous, so be vigilant, especially if there are children in the party.

Coming home as red as a lobster and with the discomfort of sunburn doesn’t have to be part of your holiday. With a little planning, you can ensure that everyone involved is safe.

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