When we are sunburned, we first think of summer holidays, swimming pools and sunbathing on the beach. It is of course true that too much sun is harmful to the skin, but this is not due to the sun itself, but to ultraviolet radiation (UV radiation for short), which – even in bad weather – is contained in sunlight and can cause sunburn.1

Even if the sky is partly cloudy, you are not safe from sunburn because the UV rays are reflected by the clouds and can still be very intense. Even with a continuous layer of clouds, the radiation may still be enough to cause sunburn. Other surfaces such as water, snow, sand and even concrete also reflect ultraviolet rays that reach the skin via this detour – even if we avoid direct sunlight. When hiking or skiing in the mountains, it is important to remember that UV radiation is particularly intense at high altitudes, so you can get sunburned even faster. Particular care should be taken when tanning on a sunbed, as the ultraviolet radiation is composed in such a way that a single treatment corresponds to one day’s exposure to the sun.

To protect yourself from UV rays outdoors, you should wear the right clothing. At best, a large part of the skin is covered. Clothes made of light material and tightly woven fabrics are suitable for this, as they are comfortable and offer optimum protection against UV radiation. If you wear a T-shirt or blouse, you should not forget that you can also get a sunburn on your neck. A hat and sunglasses with UV protection are also highly advisable.

A sunscreen product is indispensable, with a sun protection factor appropriate to your skin type. Keep a small supply on hand so that you are not suddenly surprised by good weather in summer and risk sunburn because you do not have sunscreen at home. The sunscreen should be applied 15-30 minutes before going out into the sun. The application should be repeated regularly, especially after swimming. Pay attention to areas of the body that are easy to forget, such as the ears, hairline, feet and back of the knees.1

If you are a “sun worshipper” who prefers to stay in the sun all day, it is important to gradually accustom your skin to the sun’s rays. Especially after a long, cold, dark winter. UV radiation is strongest at the beginning of summer. So start with a relatively short stay outside and gradually increase the time. If you are taking medication, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if it makes your skin more sensitive to light. If in doubt, it is better to stay in the shade.

Effective treatment for light sunburn

However, if you have enjoyed the sun’s rays for too long and suffer from a slight sunburn, a hydrocortisone cream such as FeniHydrocort can help to alleviate your symptoms. The cream is free of alcohol and fragrances and contains in the concentration of 0.5% additionally the excipient dexpanthenol, which supports its caring properties. The cooling antihistamine Fenistil Gel is suitable for the whole family, as it can be used on children from 0 years of age (please follow the corresponding instructions for use). It also provides additional moisture and soothes the skin as soon as it is applied.