With summer just around the corner, it’s time to take preventative steps for skin care! Sun exposure can be deadly and have irreversible effects on long-term health: you only have one body, so protect the skin you’re in. A tan is your body’s way of saying, “Stop! I’ve been damaged from sun exposure and am sending out pigment to protect myself from further damage!”
To fight sun damage, keep your skin covered. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, clothing is the first line of defense against UV exposure. Even if you’re in the shade, if you can see the sun, your skin can be damaged by its rays. Additionally, clouds can actually increase the amount of radiation that reaches your skin. You are the safest from the sun when your skin is covered with SPF50+ clothing and sunscreen.
It’s important to begin treating a sunburn as soon as possible. In addition to stopping further UV exposure, dermatologists recommend treating a sunburn with:
- Cool Baths. Adding cold water into the mix can reduce the heat of your body and mellow out the rising temperatures.
- Moisturizers. Slathering on moisturizing lotion can help ease the discomfort caused by dryness. When the skin starts peeling, every last bit of moisture helps the healing process.
- Hydrocortisone Cream. Available over-the-counter, hydrocortisone cream can help to ease pain from the burn.
- Aspirin or Ibuprofen. Taking a dose can help to reduce swelling, redness and discomfort.
- Drinking Water. Hydrate! A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water prevents dehydration.
With any sunburn, you should avoid the sun while your skin heals. Be sure to cover the sunburn every time you head outdoors. Protect your skin from the sun to ensure a safe, guilt-free swim at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.