Tips for Sunburn

The summer months are fast approaching. It’s that time of the year when you’ll want to:

–chase after your kids as they run outside towards the ice cream truck.

– go walking along the beach with someone special.  

-Pick up shells that have washed ashore.

 Or, maybe you’ll think about grabbing a book, a cold drink, and heading outside for some relaxing time of reading and feeling the sun on your skin.

As tempting as that last option sounds, let me bring a word of caution. While some sun is necessary for a dose of Vitamin D, too much sun can be incredibly harmful. Not only are sunburns painful, but prolonged exposure to the sun can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.  That does sound pretty scary, doesn’t it?

Don’t be afraid. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and enjoy time in the sun, AND how to care for your skin if you get too much sun. It happens to the best of us!

Prevention is the best cure

You’ve heard ‘too much of a good thing”, and this is what the sun can be, for us.

With prolonged exposure, UVA and UVB rays from the sun are very harmful to your skin on a cellular level.  This is why it is essential that you:

Wear Protective Clothing:  some clothes have what is called a UPF rating. You may have to spend a little extra time staring at the tiny print on clothing tags to find this, but it will tell you how resistant the material the article of clothing is to the sun’s rays. 

Choose hats that have a wide brim, and sunglasses that have UVA and UVB protection. A little preparation will go a long way in avoiding a painful sunburn.

Wear Sun Screen – Applying and re-applying a sunscreen with a generous SPF rating every two hours will go a long way in protecting you from the sun.

Avoid being outside during peak hours of the sun’s rays (10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) Seek shade while you are outdoors and stay hydrated.

What to do if the sun burns you

Maybe despite your best efforts, you ended up coming home from the beach the same shade of red as your beach towel. Or, maybe you had to work outside, and there simply wasn’t enough shade.  Now, you’re home with a headache, sand in your hair, and skin that is burning, peeling, and very unsightly.  Sunburns can take time to heal, on their own, but there are things that you can do to help speed the healing process.

Stay hydrated – make sure to drink water right away, as sunburns draw moisture to the skin surface and away from the rest of your body.  Take a cold bath or shower soon after your sunburn to cool down the inflammation and take a pain reliever.

Apply Aloe Vera to combat inflammation – this amazing plant helps to heal minor sunburns. You can apply this remedy directly to the skin through the gel in the Aloe Vera plant, or through Aloe Vera oil.

Renu 28 is another great option to treat your sunburned skin. Working from the outside in, to renew your skin on a cellular level, Renu 28 is very effective in assisting with reducing the inflammation that occurs when you get a sunburn.

The sun is out and it’s time for fun and adventure! Use these tips to stay safe under the sun this Summer, or if you do get a sunburn, follow these suggestions for a faster recovery from a sunburn.

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