Skin IQ (53 of 60) – Why did I Get Sunburnt?October 12, 2011
You’ve gone to a picnic by the beach, you’ve applied some sunscreen, but you came home burnt – how did this happen?
Even the most cautious of sun-goers can get burnt. It’s important to remember that just slapping on some sunscreen for the day isn’t enough.
Here are some tips to avoid sunburn:
- Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30+ 20 minutes before sun exposure
- Apply it at the correct dose. 1 teaspoon per limb and face. That equates to approximately 2 tablespoons or 30ml per adult
- Reapply after two hours, after swimming, exercise and towelling dry
- Wear a broad brimmed hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses, and
- Seek shade wherever possible in the high UV peak times. The Bureau of Meteorology can help you identify high UV times: http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/uv/index.shtml
Remember, it can take as little as 10 minutes to get burnt.