Pack plenty of sunscreen. You can purchase lotions in Cuba however they are expensive and tend to be inferior in quality. It might be a good idea to take a hat, especially if you are bald or have thin hair – and in that case you should be applying to your scalp as well.
Do not be fooled by overcast and cloudy days, the strong sun is still behind the clouds and you will burn. Be sure to apply sun screen whenever you are outside and remember to reapply every so often.
Choosing and Applying Sunscreen
Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply liberally and evenly to all exposed skin. Reapply at least every 2 hours, more often if some of the product may have been removed while swimming, sweating, or towel-drying.
Sunscreens are available in lotion, gel, spray, cream, and stick forms. Some are labeled as water resistant, sweatproof, or especially for sports; as fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, or especially for sensitive skin or children.
- Act Quickly. If you feel the burn or see any sign of skin reddening on yourself or your child, get out of the sun and start treatment. It can take four to six hours for the symptoms to develop.
- Moisturize. After a cool shower or bath, slather on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin.
- Hydrate. Any burn draws fluid to the skin surface and away from the rest of the body. So drink extra water, juice and sports drinks.
- Don’t Wait to Medicate. Take a dose of ibuprofen as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours.
- Assess the Damage. Most sunburns, even those that cause a few blisters, can be treated at home. But if a blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body, seek medical attention. Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills should also seek medical help.