How to Treat a Sunburn

Even if you take precautions, prolonged exposure to the #summer #sun can produce a nasty #sunburn. To recover quickly, dermatologists interviewed by Prevention magazine recommend taking a cool bath or shower without soap, soaking in a soothing oatmeal bath, applying an ice pack or cold compress, and applying aloe vera or coconut oil to the affected areas. You may also wish to apply a hydrocortisone cream to reduce itching and irritation if the burn is severe, take an aspirin to reduce swelling, and stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating water-rich fruits and vegetables such as watermelon and cucumber. Consult a doctor if you experience nausea, chills, fever and extensive blistering. #SunProtection

Seek Protection From the Summer Sun

The longest day of the year may see you out enjoying the #summer #sun. While #sunlight triggers essential vitamin D production, UV rays can damage the skin. About 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year in United States for skin cancer, the CDC says. To avoid becoming a statistic, Montclair State University offers several recommendations: Reduce #sun exposure “by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, canopy or any other shade structure.” Plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon hours. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves. And apply a broad-spectrum #sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas. #SunProtection

You May Need More Sunscreen Than You Think

#Sun protection isn’t rocket science. But many people don’t apply enough #sunscreen early or often enough. For the best results, one must apply ample amounts of sunscreen at least 15 minutes before exposure, using at least an ounce (about one shot glass) to cover the exposed areas of the adult body. “Most studies have shown that individuals only apply half of the recommended amount, so applying sunscreen twice should be considered,” dermatologist Dr. Mariana Philips told the Virginia Tech News. “Also, sunscreens should be applied every two hours [during] sun exposure or following water immersion.” #SunProtection

Use Sunscreens Effectively to Protect Your Skin

When purchasing #sunscreens, remember that the SPF indicates the product’s protection against a burn from UVB rays. SPF 15, for example, gives a person approximately 15 times the length of protection before burning — and that may represent only a matter of minutes depending on one’s complexion, age and other factors. UVA rays are also damaging, so find products that contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Mexoryl or Parsol 1789. Reapply sunscreens every two hours to maintain #sun protection, and be aware that perspiration, water and insect repellents can compromise their effectiveness. #SunProtection