This week’s website article was inspired by someone I know sitting in the sun to watch a soccer match without thinking about if he could get sunburnt. With the change of season here, it is more inviting to spend time out side with the sun being out from behind the clouds and a drop off in the amount of wind. However the weather is still frequently changing an possibility of sudden sunshine on your skin increases. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts of sunburn care to help ease the discomfort and perhaps even limit the potentially serious damage.
DON’T: Wait to medicate- Sunburns often sneak up on you since they can take up to 4-6 hours to develop. As soon as you see any sign of sunburn, get out of the sun and start treating your skin.
DO: Hydrate- Burns do more to your body than just cause pain. In fact, all burns draw fluid towards the skin and away from the rest of the body. So be sure to drink extra water, juice and sports drinks for a couple days and keep an eye out for any signs of dehydration.
DON’T: Scratch, peel, or exfoliate your skin- Scratching at and peeling your burn is a nasty habit that actually makes it more difficult for your skin to heal evenly and efficiently. Instead, let the flaking skin fall off naturally. Even better, generously moisturize your skin with the product of your choice, this will improve the appearance of the sunburn and help the skin to exfoliate naturally and evenly.
DO: Moisturize your skin- Follow it up by applying a moisturizer, preferably with aloe or antioxidants . Make sure you frequently reapply.
DON’T: Pop your blisters- Popping any blisters caused by sunburn increases your risk of infection.
DO: Assess the damage- While most sunburn can be treated at home, others may require medical attention.
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