Ah! Summer- a season with lazy afternoons, sun reaches its vibrant seasonal height, dehydrates skin and lots of sweating. These are the bad sides of summer but there are also some good sides of summer season that include colorful flowers showing their charming faces, juicy fruits like mangoes and watermelons, gardens hang with plump veggies and bright berries, cool water and ice creams. Yet, one of the things that you want to avoid and end up is sunburn problem.
Some people may think that people with dark skin tone are less sensitive to the sun, but this is not a true fact. Everyone is at the risk of sunburn and its associated disorders. Children’s skin is more sensitive to the sun so, it is important to protect the children from sun damage since most sunburn occurs in children. Sunburn is a skin condition which causes redness, sores, lesion, tender and occasionally itchy. Sunburn occurs due to over exposure to the sun because the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage your skin. Though sunburn is often short- lived and mild, it is important not to avoid it because it can lead to serious skin cancer problem.
Simple and Easy Ways to Prevent Sunburn
Try some simple methods to protect your skin from sun damage and you can prevent yourself from sunburn even in cool and hazy days. You should avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. because the sun is strongest between these hours. So, try to schedule outdoor activities except above mentioned time period. If it is not possible for you, limit the length of the time you are in the sun. When you go outside try to cover up your body. Wear full length clothes that can cover your body completely from exposure to sun. Cover your face with some cotton cloth to prevent your face from sunburn. Consider to wear clothes and outdoor gear which especially designed to provide sun protection. Check the label of the cloth for its ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) which indicates how effectively the cloth’s fabric can block the sun rays and protect your skin. Also, wear a hat while going outside to prevent yourself from heat stroke and sunburn. No matters what is your skin type, always use broad spectrum sunscreen before going outside with an SPF of 15 or greater. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply it after every two hours or more often if you are swimming and perspiring. Use an umbrella or similar object to keep yourself in the shade as much as possible. It is tempting to sunbathing in winters but always remember that before sunbathing in any season, apply some organic coconut oil on the exposed area of your skin. This will not only moisturize your skin but also provide additional metabolic benefits. The amounts of antioxidant you consume from your diet play a major role in avoiding sunburn. The more antioxidants in your skin mean less chances of getting burned. They work as an internal sunscreen which minimizes the risk of sunburn. Vitamin A and C are also important for your body as it regulates both light absorption and protects from sun overexposure. You should eat fruits and vegetables like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries to maximize the benefits of antioxidants. Sunburn is actually an inflammatory process, so antioxidants help you to reduce inflammation. Try to consume a healthy diet which is greater in antioxidants. Some people think getting a base tan can prevent sunburn but researchers do not support this because base tan is not a good substitute for sun protection. Still, if the condition becomes worse you need to see a dermatologist for a good treatment.