Tips on avoiding sunburn while vacationing
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Your vacation is fast approaching and you want to enjoy the sun, maybe improve on your tan and feel re-energized? A well-deserved rest. You should be aware, though, that not planning properly for your exposure to the sun’s rays can have a negative impact on your holiday. Whether you’re travelling in Canada or elsewhere, you need to be careful not to sunburn so you can fully enjoy your vacation.
Sunburn is defined as the result of excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB). These can damage the skin’s natural protective barrier and alter the skin cell structure. That, in turn, can cause burning that we commonly call a sunburn. Direct and prolonged exposure can be the primary cause, but light reflected off snow, water or even sand can also cause sunburn.
Overexposure to the sun has many consequences, including premature aging of the skin and, in more dire circumstances, may provoke certain forms of skin cancer.
Most people figure out they have a sunburn by the deep reddening of their skin after having been in the sun too long. While red skin may be the most obvious sign of sunburn, other symptoms might also occur in the hours and days following sun exposure:
Overexposure to the sun can also cause heat stroke which has the following symptoms:
These can also be signs of serious dehydration which, in the worst cases, can prove fatal. Symptoms like this require immediate rehydration and urgent medical attention.
Some medicines can heighten your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, making you more vulnerable to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Ask your pharmacist about any interactions between your medication and the sun before you leave on holiday.
You should be aware that some types of travel, by their nature, imply greater sun exposure and thus greater care. I’m thinking particularly of things like high-altitude trekking and all-inclusive sun-destination packages in particular.
If you’ve got sunburned despite trying not to, here’s some advice:
Enjoy your summer holiday and stay protected!