You make enjoy eating lobster, but you certainly won’t enjoy looking like one. Sunburn is caused by ultraviolet (UV) light overheating and blistering your skin. Your skin produces melanin to protect itself against the sun’s harmful rays, but though you see this as suntan, it cannot protect you against the sun’s other harmful side effects, such as premature ageing and skin cancer. Whilst redness and blistering of the skin are common, sunburn can also cause dizziness and headaches, as well as making you feel sick and lethargic. This is not the best way to spend your holiday. If you’ve already baked yourself and are looking for treatment then you should cool the skin by sponging it with tepid water and drink plenty of water to replace the lost fluid. You can also apply moisturiser and after sun cream to relieve the tightness, but if your burn is severe you may need to see your GP.
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