Suncare: Tips for prevention and treatment



  
When the weather is hot, I love to spend every moment I can outdoors!

However, the sun sometimes leaves my skin sunburned and sensitive.

When you’re suffering from sunburn, the top layers of your skin have literally been burned by overexposure to powerful rays.

Skin is deprived of nutrients and hydration, leaving it dry.

Skin can feel hot, sensitive and more severe burns can blister and be accompanied by headache and fever, or even contribute to sunstroke.

Within a few days, most mild sunburns will begin to heal as new skin cells develop and the sunburned skin flakes (sometimes in a mess).

Repeated damage to skin cells through sunburns wears them out over time.

It weakens skin’s elasticity and our ability to fend off attacks from free radicals.

So not only will skin age faster, but becomes more vulnerable to damage and especially skin cancer down the road.



Prevention


Prevention is the key, especially when it comes to sunburns.
Being prepared for unexpected time in the sun can go a long way to keeping your skin burn-free.



If you do plan to be outdoors, exposed skin needs a little help:

• Sunscreen is the first defense against the sun’s harsh rays. Available in a variety of formats ranging from spray-on to sprinkle-on, and the lotion, you’ll want to choose a sunscreen with a SPF 30 and higher.

• Covering up will bulk up that defense. Sure, sunglasses make you more comfortable and stylish, but quality lenses also block out damaging rays from the eye area as well. The same goes for protecting the scalp and head under a wide-brimmed or full-coverage hat. You can even wear sunscreen under your clothes and swimwear for maximum protection.

• Eating lots of fresh, brightly colored fruits and vegetables can help your skin start up its defenses from the inside. You’re taking in the same nutrients the produce uses to protect itself from sun damage, antioxidants like lycopene are thought to increase internal protection from the sun.

• If you're really sensitive, it’s best to stay indoors midday to avoid the sun, or seek shade where you can. If you can’t avoid it, bring a parasol or umbrella—it’s like having your own personal shade whenever you need it.




Nurturing Your Sunburn


Even the most careful suffer from time to time, especially in tropical locations, where the rays can be strongest.

1. Have a soak



Soaking in a room-temperature bath can get the healing process started, and relieve discomfort. 

Add Fizz & Bubble’s Buttercream Bath bomb to your water, its enchanting blend of ingredients like cocoa butter, avocado, sweet Almond oil and Aloe Vera will melt slowly into your bath water to soften dehydrated skin, while instantly soothing sensitive skin.





2. Lock in moisture






When your skin is sunburned, it loses moisture.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Soap uses seaweed which is an anti-inflammatory and is a mild gentle cleanser for the face. 

Aveeno Anti-Itch Concentrated Lotion has a concentrated formula that contains calamine to soothe and dry up minor irritations. It also relieves itching due to poison ivy, oak, sumac, insect bites and chicken pox rash.

Products containing calamine, coconut oil and aloe Vera can provide similar relief.




You can also try out an old-school remedy using a raw potato:

- Slice it up or grate it and then apply a layer to the affected area.


The starch in potatoes will help cool inflammation and ease topical pain.

If you’re out of potatoes, laying cool damp washcloths over sunburned skin will help ease the discomfort and sting, too.




3. TLC

Peeling skin is, usually, the last stage of your sunburn and the new skin underneath needs love and attention.
For hundreds of years, oats have been used to help restore skin after sunburn.
Products full of soothing, gentle oat milk will nourish skin in a light, protective formula.


Skin cells are nurtured back to a good state, while skin also benefits from the soothing properties of essential oils like chamomile and lavender.



For the face, Evan Healy Facial Tonic calms redness and soothes sensitive skin. It has a invigorating blend of lavender and honey. 

These ingredients can be soothing, calming inflammation and irritation, while hydrating deeper layers of the skin to help it look and feel its best.



The days are still long and the sunshine is hot.



Bringing a bit of precaution can keep skin happy, now and later on as you age. 

You’ll thank yourself later!

~Jennifer





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