IN his clinic in London, dermatology expert Dr Benar who is also well known for his aesthetic treatments of famous models and movie stars gave a warning for those enjoying the sunshine.
The Turkish Cypriot doctor said “Sunburns are a visible reaction on the skin as a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation or UV light sources such as tanning salons. Sunburn symptoms may not appear for several hours after exposure to sunlight. Typically, burns are at their worst 24 to 36 hours after sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin. The presence of excessive and/or multiple sunburns leads to premature ageing of the skin and skin cancer. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer is among the most common types of cancer in our country.”
Mentioning some tips that will be good for sunburns, Dr Benar says, “It is important that the skin is adequately cooled in case of sunburn. Applying cold to the skin relieves pain and prevents inflammation. However, extremely cold substances such as ice cubes are not suitable for treatment. It is sufficient to use a towel dipped in cold water. Cold compress application should be continued for at least half an hour and, if possible, until the pain in the burn area is relieved. In addition, it’s important that you get plenty of fluid intake. Because there is a large amount of fluid loss from the skin due to sunburn.”
The NHS recommends that you re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours and that it be a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB with at least 4-star UVA protection. saying “Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin, including the face, neck and ears, and head if you have thinning or no hair, but a wide-brimmed hat is better.” wearing sunglasses with the CE Mark and British Standard Markto protect your eyes is also recommended.