There’s no better way to ruin your vacation than a very severe sunburn!

For many guests, their stay in Orlando is stacked in favour of a painful and risky experience and here are some simple reasons why;

  • IMG_1285The sun in Florida is usually out for much longer than back home.
  • Florida is near the equator – the strength of the sun is significantly greater.
  • Many tourists can easily get their monthly exposure of sunlight in one single day at Florida.
  • Kids are at particular risk as they tend to play in the sun, adults seek the shade.
  • Sea and pool water breaks down sunscreen rapidly – even the ‘waterproof’ brands.
  • Sweat prevents even application of sunscreen and also breaks down sunscreen after application
In short, during a summer vacation, the risk of burns and more serious illness such as sun-stroke or cancer are never going to be as high!
Take care!

Here are some important guidelines from the FDA;

Spending time in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer and early skin ageing.  To reduce this risk, consumers should regularly use sun protection measures including:

  • Use sunscreens with broad spectrum SPF values of 15 or higher regularly and as directed.
  • Limit time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Wear clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun; for example, long-sleeved shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats.
  • Reapply sunscreen after towel drying.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, more often if you’re sweating or jumping in and out of the water
  • When swimming, the FDA typically recommends re-application of sunscreen every 40 to 80 minutes

Editor’s Note: Despite years of experience with Sunscreen, 2 hour top ups, simply aren’t good enough in the Florida sun, even with the better ‘water resistant’ brands.

Our advice is to play safe and re-apply every 40 minutes, no matter how inconvenient!(See notes from this report about sunscreen and water)For further information see the full FDA article here. 

Click the link below to Download this great PDF guide for Sun Care from Virgin Atlantic and the Skcin.org charity.

Please click here to open the PDF for the Skcin.org charity
This worthy charity was dedicated to Karen Clifford following her courageous battle with Skin Cancer.
Raising awareness is key to the success of Skcin.org, so feel free to visit the site and learn more about sun care.
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Have fun in Orlando, but always stick to the safety advice!