Sunbathe like this!

Our skin is the biggest organ of our body. An interesting reflection is that the skin measures approximately 1.5-2m². The skin consists of epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous and it´s in our epidermis lower part where the melanocytes are situated. It is the melanocytes which form the dark pigment and make the skin brown.
Different people have different types of skin and it´s the melanocytes ability to form pigment which makes the difference.

Type of skin 1
Very light skin
Red hair
Freckles and many liver spots
Always red – never brown

Type of skin 2
Light skin
Always red – sometimes brown

Type of skin 3
Light brown skin
Brown or dark eyes
Dark or black hair
Sometimes red – always brown

Type of skin 4
Dark skin
Turns brown very easy
Burned almost never
Never red - always brown
Skin type 1 and 2 are very sensitive skin and you should be very protective to your body.
Skin Type 3 is a normal resistant type of skin but you must protect yourself also here. This skin type, do most Swedes have.
Skin type 4 is a type of skin that you have in warmer countries, but you should still be careful when sunbathing.

Remember that children's skin is extra sensitive.

UV Index
UV Index can help us. The index are published in major newspapers and internet via SMHI or the National Institute of Radiation. UV index indicates how much ultraviolet solar radiation that reaches the Earth affects human skin and eyes. In connection with this, it has developed a card as you can spin and then read how long your skin can tolerate staying in the sun different times of the day without getting burned.

Be proactive, be sure to have protective clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses with you when you are out.

Be sensible
, be sure to have a shady area at the location you will be in midday (between 11:00 to 15:00 in summer).

Be carefu
l, and use high factor sun cream and better too much than too little.

Avoid the sun between eleven and three!
The sun is most intense at midday, but then it has not had to be so hot. Heat comes a bit later in the afternoon, when there is less risk of burning yourself. Enjoy therefore the sun in the shade at noon. There are special beach tents to by offering shade on the beach.

Use clothing as sunscreen!
Clothing is the best sunscreen. Now there are regular clothes and swimsuits that are tested to keep SPF 50 +. Remember that design is also important to select sun protection clothing that covers as much as possible of the body.

Complete with sunscreen!
The parts that are not covered by clothing should be protected with sunscreen. Put sunscreen on in about 30 minutes before going out in the sun. See to that the sunscreen will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. The higher the SPF the better. If you have really light skin is SPF 15 the absolute lowest factor to be used. Sunscreen should also be water-resistant. Remember that sunscreen can submit a false sense of security of being able to stay a little longer in the sun, it is not for that purpose that sunscreen should be used.

Wear a hat and sunglasses!
Cap or a hat with a large screen or brim is a great protection. There is now a huge range of hats with a veil in the back to protect the ears and neck. There are also good sunglasses to buy and even to the little baby. In Australia, it has developed a standard for sunglasses where the maximum protection 10EPF. This represents a 100% protection!

Take extra care of children's skin!
Children under one year shall not be exposed to sunlight. They should not be lubricated with sunscreens. Some of the ingredients in the creams are absorbed by the skin and for adults breaks those down by the liver. This feature has not been developed in a young child. Although it is unknown how the substances affect us, but to use sun protection clothing, and not to expose the baby to direct sunlight eat anyway advisable.

Ask your pharmacist if you take medicine!
One should be careful not to sunbathe if you eat medicine. Problems can arise if you eat a certain type of antibiotics or use different gel to inhibit inflammation. Pharmacies provide the right information for you.

Medical treatment for severe burns!
If you get sunburn or sun eczema, please refrain from the sun a few days. If you need to relieve the symptoms, you can cool the skin under cold water, or calamine lotion. If you have very severe sunburn with severe blistering, contact your district nurse.


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