Summer Skin Care: Approaching Sunburns

by | Jun 16, 2017 | Blog, Cosmetic, Skin Cancer, Spotcancer, Traveling

Summer is the time to enjoy and bask in the sun, but it’s important to keep in mind that our skin is a sensitive organ, susceptible to injury like any other body part.

The most common skin injury during the summertime is a sunburn. Sunburns are first-degree burns of the skin caused by overexposure to UV rays. Symptoms include redness, hot skin to the touch, peeling, and fatigue.

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How to Prevent A Sunburn

Applying sunscreen should be incorporated into everyone’s daily routine, regardless of the season, as it prevents photo aging, skin cancer, and other skin problems. But sunburns can occur with or without the application of sunscreen. Natural oils and direct light can dissolve the protective properties in sunscreens – that’s why it is essential to reapply sunscreen every two hours.

In addition, wearing hats, caps, other protective gear and staying in the shade can decrease the likelihood of being sunburned.

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How to Treat A Sunburn

Since the skin is hot and inflamed, the goal is to cool and soothe the skin, from inside and out.

Take an ibuprofen or advil to tackle the painful inflammation and drink lots of water. Because sunburns leave the body dehydrated, your body can heal faster when you keep your  body hydrated from the inside and out.

Avoid hot showers/baths and opt for cold or lukewarm showers. After bathing, pat yourself dry and apply a soothing moisturizer to damp skin. Don’t apply petroleum jelly to the inflamed skin as it can heat up and further irritate the skin. Look for products with aloe vera, milk, or yogurt or apply them directly to the affected areas. Avoid fragrances and any active ingredients, especially acids like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid.

Don’t pick your  blisters or peeling skin. When the body repairs itself after first and second degree burns, the skin can peel and blisters may appear. That  interrupts the healing process by damaging the skin’s natural restoration process.

And lastly, consult a doctor if you experience fevers and chills. That might signify something more serious than an average sunburn.

 

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