By the end of the year, the sun will be shining over the UK, but what will it mean for your skin?
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from the sun.
If you are at risk of sunburn, contact your doctor.
It’s a common symptom of sun damage.
If you have severe sunburns or have skin problems, contact a dermatologist for advice.
You can wear a sun protective hat, a hat with at least one hole, or a hat that’s snugly fit to the neck.
Wear sun protection if you can.
Sun protection may also help you get out and about safely, even if you’re in a car or a wheelchair.
If the sun hits your eye, you may need to wear goggles or a face shield.
The best way to protect your eyes is to wear a long-sleeved shirt and a long sleeve jacket, a long hat, or goggles.
If your eye is damaged by the sun, contact the doctor for advice or call 111.
The sun’s harmful rays can damage your eyes.
This can happen if the sun penetrates the cornea or corneal ulcer, or if it gets inside the eye.
This is called an exposure to the sun injury.
The first time you have sunburn is the first time the sun comes into contact with your eyes, which can lead to further damage.
You can tell if the injury is severe by the colour of your eyes and the size of the red marks on your eyelids.
The damage to your eyes from sun exposure may take time to heal.
This means you may not notice any obvious signs of the sunburn for up to a week or so.
Your doctor will advise you on what to do if the injuries worsen.
If they do, your doctor will need to prescribe medicines that can help control the inflammation in your eyes (antibacterial ointments or steroids).