Protect your skin from sunburn under the harsh Israeli sun.
Sun protection tips for Israel.
It’s beach weather again and fun-filled weekends hiking and being outdoors top the list of weekend activities for the family. The climate in Israel is harsh with hot dry summers from mid-May to mid-September. Blistering heat-waves coupled with dust and sand-storms (Heb: Sharav or Arabic: Hamsin) are not uncommon. Protecting your skin from sunburn must be a priority when you are outdoors or traveling around the country. Keeping your body hydrated is just as important.
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8 useful sun protection tips from Israel’s Ministry of Health
- Avoid being outdoors between midday and 4 p.m. – the hottest time of the day.
- Wear sunblock whenever you are sunbathing, hiking, playing sport or any outdoor activity. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply it every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
- Cover up. Wear sun protective clothing. Special clothing with a built in sun-protection factor is worth considering. Wearing a light weight, long sleeve, cotton shirt will also protect your bod from the vicious UV rays. You should start protecting your child from the sun when he or she is a baby. Because children spend a lot of time outdoors playing, they get most of their lifetime sun exposure in their first 18 years. It’s safest to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun altogether.
- Wear a hat whenever you are out in the sun.
- Don’t travel in Israel without water. Summer temperatures in Israel can reach as much as 40 degrees Centigrade in some places. Dehydration can be a real danger. Drink at least 2 liters of water per day per person
- Offer your eyes the best protection outdoors by choosing the highest UV protection-rated sunglasses.
- Got sun burned? This is what you can do; Take a pain reliever. Cool the skin. Apply moisturizer, aloe-vera lotion or gel. Don’t pop blisters – it increases the risk of infection. Continue to drink plenty of fluids especially water. Ice-lollies will help re-hydrate a small child who is fed-up with drinking water. Continue to moisturize your skin even when it is peeling. Protect your sunburn from further sun exposure.
- Most sunburn can be treated at home but seek medical attention when; sunburn is severe – with blisters and covers a large portion of your body, if sunburn is accompanied by a high fever or severe pain, nausea or even chills, you’ve developed a skin infection as a result of scratching your skin, you have a severe sunburn that doesn’t begin to improve within a few days or if your child is unresponsive in any way.