Now that summer is here, lets refresh on some safety tips for some fun under the sun! As we mentioned in other Bonito Guides, protection from the sun is key in the warmer weathers. You can do so by wearing lighter clothes and wearing sunscreen as the last step of your morning skin care routine.
Sunscreen should always be applied, a.k.a. everyday. On the events of prolonged or harsher sun exposure, reapply every 2 hours or as indicated by your dermatologist. You should choose sunscreen by your skin type and type of activity.
Pro tip: when I go to the beach I prepare by putting it on before going to the beach and reapply there. This goes as well with sun tanning oils.
Remember also to have plenty of hydration and shade from the sun. Drinking lots of water is good for your skin; hydration masks are also a refreshing boost! Hats and sunglasses are cool ways to accessorize and prevent sun damage. They also help minimize deep wrinkles around the eye area.
However in the occasion of long exposure in the sun, once you start noticing sun damage, act fast! Get out of the sun immediately and prevent any more damage by taking precautionary steps like the one we will about to mention.
First, head indoors and relieve discomfort by taking a cold shower and applying a moisturizing cream with aloe vera to help with the ache. Take medication for pain like ibuprofen. Treat the swelling and irritation by applying cold compresses or natural aloe vera.
Creams with soy also help to smooth and treat sunburned or irritated skin. Use a hydrocortisone cream that you can buy without a prescription, to treat discomfort areas. However shy away from creams containing any sort of ending with “-caine” (such as benzocaine), since these may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.
Don't stop using moisturizing creams as they will help retain much needed moisture in your skin. If your skin start to blister, you are treating a second degree sunburn. Do not pop the blisters! They are helping you heal and it will hurt you afterwards.
Keep drinking lots of water to keep hydrated. Your skin is pulling even more moisture out of your skin and face.
Always go seek professional help by a dermatologist. Do not let a sunburned wound unattended.
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