Hello June. Hello Summer. It’s time to pull out the bathing suit and head to the beach. Whether it’s a family vacation or time to relax on the weekend, the beach seems to be a perfect place to hang outside and catch some rays. The most important thing to remember is sunscreen. Protecting your skin is critical to avoid signs of aging and scary skin cancer. But what happens if you forget to apply sunscreen, maybe you miss a pot, or after romping in the salty water, you have washed away your protection? Sunburn will surely ensue, and you will need to treat that nasty burn.
A sunburn is never fun. It seems as if the whole body is on fire and there is no escaping. There are things that you can do to alleviate the burn and protect your skin from long-term damage.
1. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate
Drinking water keeps your body hydrated and helps to prevent the drying that follows sunburn. Eating foods that are high in water also helps. Foods packed with nutrients also help the skin to regenerate. Watermelon provides lycopene, a cancer-fighting nutrient.
2. Relieve the burn with a COOL compress
Our natural instinct when hot is to cool off. Follow that instinct when your skin feels like it’s on fire. A cold, damp washcloth will do wonders for the burn. Try a frozen bag of peas too, but be sure to wrap it in a towel first, so it doesn’t stick to the skin and cause irritation.
After getting some relief with a cold compress, it’s time to repair the damage with lotion. Damage occurs when the skin dries out, moisturizing helps to prevent that from happening. Here’s a hint: Place your lotion in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to chill it before applying. The Chilled lotion is a double bonus relief.
The best line of defense is to apply and reapply your sunscreen when spending time outdoors. Stay safe this summer while having fun in the sun.
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