Observe sun protection on the beach: sand and water reflect harmful UV radiation

Observe sun protection on the beach: sand and water reflect harmful UV radiation

Protect your skin from the sun on vacation: sand also reflects UV radiation
For some Germans, the travel season has already started, others have to be patient. Health experts advise you to protect yourself against sunburn as well as possible on vacation. On the beach and on the water you are particularly exposed to the sun.

Sun protection should be based on the UV index
Even if it was rainy and gray in most regions of Germany in the past few days, there are always times that you can enjoy in the garden or on the balcony in the sun. Despite often fresh temperatures, care should be taken not to strain the skin too much. When it comes to sun protection, you should always use the UV index as a guide, warned the German Cancer Aid in a current message. This index is created by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection in cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency, the German Weather Service and other institutions. It can be called up online daily. Recommendations for sun protection are assigned to each value here. Those who go to the beach on vacation should pay attention to other things.

The risk of sunburn is greater on the beach and on the water
On the beach and on the water, there is a particularly high risk of getting a sunburn. The reason for this is that water, but also light sand, reflect the light and thus cause a higher UV exposure. This was pointed out by the professional association of German dermatologists (BVDD) in a message from the dpa news agency. If you want to prevent the bland aftertaste of an unpleasant sunburn, but still want to enjoy the nice weather, you should avoid the blazing midday sun. According to the experts, it is better for the skin to stay outdoors - especially on the water - in the early morning or late afternoon instead of between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Home remedies for sunburns
If sunburn does occur, the affected skin should first be cooled well. Home remedies such as moist envelopes can help. Curd cheese, yoghurt, aloe vera or healing earth are other tried and tested home remedies for sunburn. In the case of more severe symptoms, the doctor will prescribe ointments containing cortisone for relief in some cases. You should definitely see a doctor if blisters form on the skin, the skin is dark red, and symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, fever, chills, headache, and drowsiness appear. Such symptoms can be signs of sunstroke that should be urgently treated by a doctor. (ad)

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