Stay Safe in The Sun: Pharmacy Advice

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Guest post with Soleve Sunburn Relief

Noel Wicks, Pharmacist and adviser to Soleve Sunburn Relief shares his tips for keeping safe in the sun!

When the sun starts to shine in the UK, it can only mean one thing – that summer holidays are on the horizon. The summer months are the time of year when millions of Brits pull out the suitcase, pack their holiday clothes and head to the sun to enjoy a well-earned break. Even though most holidaymakers make their way to countries with hot, sunny climates keeping safe in the sun is not often front of mind. So, while destination guides, new clothes, toiletries and even teabags are added to suitcases, sun protection items can become an after-thought.

Here I share my tips on making sure you have a sun safe holiday…


1. Go high and be generous

Use a sun cream that has at least a sun protection factor of 15, but the higher the SPF the better. Also look for the UV rating on the product, you shouldn’t use anything less than four-star UVA protection. And be generous with the sun cream application. Apply liberally and reapply at least every two hours and immediately reapply if you have been swimming or playing sports. Remember, using only sun cream will not protect you from the sun. Cover up with suitable clothing, wear sunglasses and hats and take shade during the sun’s strongest part of the day between 11am and 3pm.

2. Hydrate

When the temperature rises we need to make sure we are taking in enough fluids and keeping hydrated. We are often more active on sunny days and, in general, our bodies are busy working to keep us cool in the heat. As well as the risk of sunburnt skin, too much sun also brings with it the risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Ensuring our fluid levels are topped up will stop us from becoming dehydrated. Make sure you always have a bottle of water with you and, if you are drinking alcohol, drink a glass of water after each alcoholic drink.

3. Mole watch

The rays from the sun can increase the risk of a mole becoming cancerous, so keep an eye on your moles and visit your GP if you notice any changes or have any concerns. In the sun be extra careful and keep moles covered up, apply high factor sun creams and avoid the sun’s highest point between 11am & 3pm.

4. Sunburn relief

If you do get caught in the sun your skin will become sunburnt and will be red and even warm and sore to touch. It is important that you follow sun safety and take as many precautions as possible to avoid sunburn as it can increase your risk of skin cancer. If you do get sunburnt, stay out of the sun and take shade or go indoors and drink plenty of fluids. To take the sting out of mild to moderate sunburnt skin try Soleve sunburn relief. It’s the only licensed medicine of its kind to combine the painkilling power of ibuprofen with a soothing moisturiser to rehydrate the skin, delivering effective pain relief and making the skin feel more comfortable. If your sunburn is severe seek medical attention.

5. Summer stings

While summer is a joyful time, it also comes with its own hazards. As temperatures rise so does the pollen count leaving millions suffering from hay fever and itchy eyes. Not forgetting mosquito bites, bee stings, sports injuries, food poisoning from undercooked food on the BBQ and over indulgence in beer gardens. Visit your local pharmacist for advice and treatment for summer ailments.

Soleve Sunburn Relief is available in the sun care aisle from Boots, Sainsbury’s and independent pharmacists nationwide. So, if you are planning a trip abroad, consider packing it in your travel first aid kit just in case. Suitable for adults and children aged twelve and up. Contains Ibuprofen.
Always read the label. RRP £9.95 for 100ml






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