Most of us have experienced red, painful skin, followed by peeling, after spending too much time in the sun. Sunburn can occur whenever you are outside, even if the day is cloudy.

Although experts agree that spending a short amount of time in the sun can be good for your health, prolonged sun exposure can damage the skin. 

Mild sunburn usually lasts 4-7 days, but if you have a history of sunburn, especially during childhood, you are at higher risk of skin damage, actinic keratoses and skin cancer in later life.

In addition, sunburn at any stage in life increases your risk of melanoma, the most serious form of cancer. 

Always Remember:

  • Cover up - Wear a t-shirt, long shorts and a hat that gives shade to the face, back of neck and ears
  • Seek shade - Especially from 11am to 3pm
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses - Make sure they give UV protection
  • Wear sunscreen - Using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and UVA protection


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