Sunburn, you’ve heard about it. But what is it really? Sunburn is a result of too much exposure from the sun or a sun-equivalent. Yes, although the sun is the most common cause of sunburn, it does not end there. There are other reasons for sunburns just like tanning salons. Because these salons offer to make your skin tanner in color using UV rays similar to that of the sun’s the effects to your skin are the same.
It is literally a burn on your skin. This burn is brought about by UV rays that cause inflammation of the skin. Sunburn injury can start as early as within 30 minutes from exposure that is why being careful is highly recommended.
BEFORE STEPPING OUT IN THE SUN
Make sure you are ready before you step out in the sun either for a walk, a job, or just to enjoy the beach. Have the following at hand:
- Sunscreen – before even stepping out of the sun, apply sunscreen all over your body, even your face. Your back and shoulders should also be considered as these areas are often neglected. Ask someone to apply the lotion on you. Some sunscreens need to be applied a good 30 minutes before you step out into the sun, read the instructions carefully. Of course you would also have to re-apply after sometime, know exactly when.
- Watch – speaking of time, make sure you have a watch of some sort so you can keep track of time while you are outside. Have your cell phone in your bag if you can’t bring a watch. This way it would be easier for you to track how long you have been exposed to the sun.
- Shade – get yourself some shade. Either a wide brimmed hat or a big umbrella will help. Direct sunlight is definitely more dangerous than shielded sunlight.
Immediate Action Needed:
- Get out of the sun
- Get out of the tanning bed
- Cover your exposed skin
Relief for Sunburn:
- When you start it early, some medications help in the relief of the pain caused by sunburn. Among these medications are aspirin and ibuprofen.
- Asses your sunburn. For mild sunburn, sold compress placed on top of the affected area could be beneficial. Equal parts of milk and water could also help lessen the pain.
- Lotions that are made specifically for sunburns could also be of help. Aloe-based lotions work wonderfully.
- Cool baths are also beneficial. Make sure that the water is cool and not ice cold. You should avoid bath salts and different kinds of perfumes as these may irritate your skin and further damage it.
- Argan oil. Argan oil is a natural oil that has antioxidants that work well for sunburned skin. Taken from the nuts of the argan tree, argan oil is naturally produced, no harmful ingredients added. It helps calm down burning skin and helps to nourish it back to health.
The sun is good for the skin if you are not overexposed and if you refrain from being exposed during the hours of 10am-4pm. Remember, protecting your skin will not only prevent sunburn, it will also prevent premature skin aging.