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Prevention and Treatment of Sunburns

Tips on Preventing Sunburn This Spring

Summer time means beach trips, BBQs, and outdoor fun. Unfortunately with these activities bring the danger of sun damage to your skin. Being exposed to too much sunlight can lead to sunburn, premature wrinkles, or even skin cancer. Knowing the most effective ways to protect your skin is vital when preventing sun damage of any kind. Learn how to protect your skin from the harsh sun rays and still have fun!

Clothing

Your clothes are one of the most effective ways to fight against sun damage. When it comes to skin protection, we recommend clothes with fabrics such as polyester, nylon, or acrylic. These fabrics have the ability to protect your skin from UV rays. Wearing thicker clothes creates a barrier against the sun; however, be cautious of overheating. If a heat stroke does occur, an urgent care facility can provide immediate care.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is another effective way to protect your skin. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. It is best to always wear sunscreen, even when it is cloudy outside; did you know that 80% sunrays can still pass through the clouds?

Applying Sunscreen

When applying sunscreen, it is best to apply in a thick and even layer for the most effective protection. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before you are exposed to the sun and every 2 hours after that. If you’re planning on going to the beach or pool, then you should invest in waterproof sunscreen for ensured protection.

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, 80% of skin cancer occurs on the hands, neck, and head. These are areas that are usually forgotten about. It is important to remember that every area of your body needs to be protected, even your lips, nose, and ears.

Treating Sunburn

In the unfortunate event that you do have sunburn, here’s what you need to do:

Let Your Blisters Heal

Don’t pop your blisters. If your skin is blistering that means that you’re experiencing a second-degree sunburn. These blisters are formed to protect your skin from infection and to help with the healing process.

Take a Cool Shower/Bath

Having cool baths or showers regularly can help ease the pain caused by your sunburn. When drying off, it’s best to do so by gently patting your skin. For extra relief, leave some water on your skin before applying a moisturizer to help with the dryness.

Moisturize

Moisturizers that include soy or aloe vera have soothing properties and can be bought without the need of a prescription.

Cover the Burns

Wearing longer sleeves or hats with tightly woven fabric will protect your sunburned skin from further damage.

Hydrate

Sunburns actually grab at your body’s fluid, bringing it to the skin’s surface. Drinking extra water can help prevent dehydration when you have a sunburn.