The Wear it well Wiltshire campaign encourages everyone to wear appropriate clothing, sunglasses and hats when they are spending time outdoors this summer, to protect themselves from the sun and help reduce their risk of skin cancer.
How to protect yourself from sunburn
- Cover up when you are out in the sun – wear loose clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible and protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
- Use a sun cream with an SPF of 30 or higher and at least 4-star UVA protection and reapply every 2 hours and after swimming.
- Seek shade and limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm when UV rays are at their strongest.
- Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps – both cause serious long-term damage and contribute to skin cancer.
What to do if you have sunburn
- Treat minor sunburn at home by cooling the skin down by having a cool bath or shower. Then apply soothing aftersun or calamine lotion
- Drink plenty of fluids to help cool you down and prevent you from getting dehydrated. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol will help relieve any pain.
- Visit your pharmacist for advice on treatment to reduce your symptoms and reduce any inflammation.
If you start to feel unwell or have any concerns about your sunburn, particularly if you are burnt over a large area, have blistering or swelling of the skin, chills, dizziness, sickness or a high temperature of 38°c or above, call NHS 111 – they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you notice any changes to your skin after being out in the sun, including a new mole, growth or lump or you have any moles or freckles that have changed in size, shape or colour, you should go and get them seen by your GP. Skin cancer is much easier to treat if it’s found early.
NHS advice on sun safety can be found here: