According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is more than just a temporary skin irritation. In fact, a sunburn can leave a lasting effect each time you get one. The sun’s rays are harmful – and the only way around it is to wear a quality sunscreen.
An alarming fact on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website states that just ONE blistering sunburn as a child or teen can more than double that person’s risk of skin cancer when they are older. That is a scary statistic!
It is recommended that whenever you will be exposed to the sun, even for short periods of time throughout the day, that you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. This is a year-round recommendation. An SPF of 30 or greater is recommended during the summer months, when the UV Rays are stronger and can cause more damage to your skin. You have probably heard this a hundred times – but don’t underestimate the power of UV rays.
If you are not sure which sunscreen you should choose, check out Advanced Protection SPF 30 by Skin Rx. This formula is lightweight and oil free and also includes anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin C, E, and A.
If you are treating a sunburn, try this Aloe Soothing Mask which can be refrigerated for a cooling, healing treatment.
While Fall is now officially here, the sun is still a threat! Just because temperatures start to cool off doesn’t mean you can’t get a sunburn. And for those of you lucky enough to be in a more tropical location like Florida or the Caribbean, you know that sunburn is something you have to avoid all year long.
If you have gotten out into the sun lately though and need to treat your sunburn, the Mayo Clinic has provided a few great tips:
Tip # 1 – See your doctor for severe sunburn.
If your sunburn seems particularly bad, you should see a doctor. He or she may be able to give you a prescription for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or Corticosteroid which can ease the pain and swelling.
Tip # 2 – Apply Cold Compresses
Cold compresses or cool water can be applied in a bath or shower or by placing a cloth with cool water directly on the skin. This should help you to feel a temporary relief from the heat of your sunburn.
Tip # 3 – Drink lots of water
To prevent getting dehydrated due to fluid loss which happens through the skin in the event of a sunburn, it is important to drink lots of water and fluids.
Tip # 4 – Apply a moisturizer
When you skin is sunburned, you should apply an intense moisturizing product which does not contain skin irritants. Skin Rx recommends the following skin moisturizer:
Advanced Protection SPF 30 – Not only does this cream have a built-in SPF 30, but it contains an intense moisturizing ingredient called Hyaluronic Acid which will hydrate the skin, soothe your sunburn, and prevent further sun damage to your skin.
Geogio Armani has major sun damage
Dang Georgio – ever heard of sunscreen?!
Sun damage is caused by over exposure to harmful UV rays and repeatedly getting a sunburn. Though we all want to look good, and sometimes this means looking tan as opposed to looking pale, it is important to enjoy the sun in moderation and with the right sun protection. If your skin has been sunburned before, you are more at risk for even worse sun damage next time than someone who has never been sunburned. The damage from sun to our skin is cumulative – the more sunburns you get, the more damaged your skin becomes over time.
To minimize sunburn and sun damage, follow these tips:
- Avoid the afternoon sun. UV rays are more harsh during the hours of 10am to 4pm.
- Take Cover. Wear protective clothing if you will be out in the sun for long periods of time like long sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats.
- Protect your skin with a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Skin Rx recommends Advanced Protection SPF 30.
Don’t take your youth for granted! Protect your skin and your youthful appearance for as long as you can – you will be glad you did when you are old and you look younger than all of your friends. We just wish someone would have told Georgio Armani about sunscreen back in his day…