Feeling the Heat: How to Avoid and Treat a Sunburn
It's easy to forget the hot burning sensation of a sunburn until you’re facing yourself in the mirror after a long Summer day outdoors and you start to see the slow reddening of your skin and feel the hot heat trapped under your skin.
Sunburns are no joke. Not only are they uncomfortable and painful, but a sunburn means skin has been damaged and can lead to serious consequences, of which the worst can be deadly.
Ideally, it’s best not to get a burn in the first place, however, on the rare chance it does happen, follow our steps to minimize the pain and discomfort of skin damage.
First up, here’s how to avoid getting a sunburn:
- Limit your sun exposure and outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day: 1-4 pm
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out. (We love Suntegrity Sport for our active days and Raw Elements for regular days.)
- Apply two layers for extra protection: Smooth SPF lotion (like LASPA Naturals) all over exposed skin, then layer with an SPF spray. (Don’t forget a pocket stick for small exposed areas like toes, ears, and the back of the knees. And an SPF balm for lips.)
- Wear a hat with a big brim, loose long sleeves, and sunglasses. If you’ll be on the water, invest in a board top with long sleeves or SPF clothing.
- Stick to the shade. If walking around, stay on the shady side of the street, or carry a parasol to keep the sun off. If out doing activities, be sure to take time outs in a shady spot for a reprieve.
- Re-apply sunscreen after every dip in the pool, lake, or sea, or after sweating and perspiring.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink lots of water throughout the day. (A water bottle will help remind you)
And, on the chance that you’ve gone and done it, here’s how to treat a sunburn:
- As soon as you notice your skin feeling hot, get out of direct sunlight.
- Get a cool, quick shower to try and cool your skin.
- Don’t rub or use harsh soaps or ointments on freshly burned skin.
- Use a cold compress on the affected area to further cool the skin down.
- Don’t apply anything to the skin until the skin has cooled.
- Keep the area uncovered and keep it from any more sun exposure.
- The following day, apply an after-sun cream to hydrate and start the healing process.
- Keep the skin hydrated and nourished. (CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture and Suntegrity Trifecta Spray is great for this stage!)
- Don’t pick at any blisters, or peel away dry skin.
- Keep the skin hydrated and moisturized until the burn has completely healed.
- Once healed, you can gently exfoliate to speed up the regeneration process.
- Finally, learn from your burn and be extra mindful next time!