During the warmer months many of us increase the amount of time we spend outdoors frolicking, lounging and entertaining in the sun. Consequently the more time we spend outdoors the more likely we are to obtain sunburn- the nasty reaction to UV radiation overexposure.
The danger with UV rays is that you can’t see or feel the damage they cause initially and it can take 4 - 6 hours for sunburn symptoms to sneak up on you. So what might look like slightly pink cheeks now could be full blown blisters by the time you hop into bed – OUCHY!
Not only is sunburn painful it also causes long term problems such as premature skin ageing, eye damage, and skin cancer. Before you have a major freak out and hibernate for the rest of summer see what you can do to prevent and treat sunburn this summer…
HOW TO PREVENT SUNBURN
1. Apply a sunscreen that is a minimum of SPF 30 – the higher the SPF the better. Don’t forgot to reapply as recommended and remember ears, feet and hands are the most commonly forgotten areas. You may also need a friend to apply an even coverage to your back- any excuse for a back massage!
2. Remember the five golden rules to full sun protection- SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK and SLIDE! To elaborate; slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide on sunnies!
3. Always seek sun protection when the UV index is 3 or above – even in the colder months. You can download the SunSmart App which will let you know exactly when you do and don’t need sun protection.
4. Limit or avoid your sun exposure between 10am and 4pm, this is when UV rays are the most damaging.
HOW TO TREAT SUNBURN
1. Moisturising is key as you need to keep the skin as hydrated as possible! By using topical products with added vitamin C and vitamin E you are replenishing any lost moisture and also repairing your damaged skin.
2. WATER WATER WATER! You can never drink too much water when you’re sunburnt. Sunburns will draw moisture towards the skins surface to aid in the healing process. Make sure you stay hydrated and keep a bottle of water with you at all times to replace lost fluids.
3. Avoid using soaps or perfumed products that can dry the skin until affected areas are completely healed.
4. Why not try a natural sunburn remedy? We found a coconut oil cooling lotion recipe we will keep up our sleeves next time we are sore and sorry! If you are strapped for time (or ingredients) our BB Repair is specifically formulated to rehydrate and cool the skin after laser, waxing, sunburn and minor burns.
Contributed by Brazilian Butterfly Fairfield