We are all guilty of it – the infatuation with golden, bronzed skin. Even makeup looks requires bronzer. Body bronzers have become increasingly popular, sunless tanning is on the rise and tanning salons still are making a profit.
Then we have the people like me, who despite all the knowledge of the damage sun causes, still love to go to the beach or pool – frequently. Though I am usually good about wearing sunscreen, one application is not enough to save you from the dreaded sunburn or worse – sun damage.
Let’s begin with developing an understanding of how a tan and consequently sunburn occurs.
The sun emits ultraviolet light rays also known us UV rays. Skin’s exposure to UV rays activates the production of melanin in your skin to protect your skin’s DNA from being harmed by the sun. When melanin is activated, it turns brown giving the appearance of a tan.
Bad Effects From The Burn
The bottom line? No matter how great the sun kissed look is, the sun damages your skin. We have all seen fellow beach goers who have somehow converted their skin to leather. Persistent use of tanning beds and lack of protective sunscreens when at the beach and pool can be extremely damaging and if your skin texture has morphed, it’s a sign to stop.
Effects from sunburns include premature wrinkles. Sun exposure accelerates the skin aging process significantly.
It also increases breakout activity. The dryness caused leads your skin to overproduce oil leading to clogged pores.
Most importantly, it also increases the risk of skin cancer and melanoma.
It Just Happened
A sunburn is never achieved on purpose (we hope), it happens (although you should make it a priority to never get burned). Through my own experiences and tips given by others, here is a compilation of remedies to soothe sunburns.
First and foremost, get out of the sun. Find a cool location that is sheltered and provides shade. When you get home, try these. Please note, if you develop sun blisters, medical attention is a must!
Dandruff Shampoo. Who knew? I like using Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus myself when I need it ASAP. Since it helps with the itchiness from a dry scalp, it helps with the itchiness of skin that has been dried exponentially from the sun. The eucalyptus in the shampoo also soothes the burn. Jump into the shower, use cool water and lather it on your burned areas.
Rx. Aspiring, Advil, Motrin – either will work great to reduce the inflammation and redness caused by the culprit rays.
Cool shower. A warm shower or hot shower on sensitive, burned skin will only increase the inflammation and discomfort. The goal is to cool down the skin temperature.
Be rich. In moisturizing we mean. Use lotions that do not contain anti-aging ingredients like retinols or hydroxy acids. These will only make your skin more sensitive to the sun during the healing process. Sunburn usually leads to peeling which means your skin has dried.
Rehydrate. Drink water often and lots of it to help the healing process along.
Got milk? Perfect. Then try a cold compress. Water, milk and ice cubes mixed in a bowl equal a recipe to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. Milk’s protein and pH levels are more than just nutritious! Use a towel to apply it on the affected area for five minutes. Repeat this process three times.
Slather it on. SPF is now more important after encountering the pain sunburns bring. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to combat UVA and UVB rays.
We wish you and your skin a safe summer.
Products To Try:
DS Labs Dandrene High Performance Shampoo
RevaleSkin Natural Defense SPF 25 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen with UV ProPlex Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30 High Protection
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