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Sun Safety Tips: Preventing and Treating Sunburns Effectively


Sun Safety Tips

Sun Safety Tips – How to Prevent and Treat Sunburns

You know it’s time for sun safety tips when winter is almost over, spring is right around the corner, and summer will soon follow! When planning to spend several hours in the sun, it’s crucial to take appropriate measures to avoid the painful experience of getting sunburned, especially for children. Today, let’s explore the importance of smart sun exposure and share some tips for preventing and treating sunburns.

What Causes a Sunburn?

Your skin naturally tans as a defense against sunburn, whether you’re outdoors or in a tanning salon. This process takes place in the epidermis, the outer layer of your skin, where about 5% of the cells are special cells called melanocytes. When UVB light hits these cells, they produce a pink-colored melanin that other skin cells absorb. Exposure to UVA light causes the melanin to react and darken, which protects your skin from burning.

So, what leads to sunburn? Excessive UV light exposure is the primary culprit. Actually, getting burned, rather than tanned, can dramatically increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. That’s why it’s crucial to approach sun exposure wisely!

How to Handle a Sunburn

Preventing a sunburn is always preferable to treating one. Always wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly. The American Academy of Dermatology advises using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, is water-resistant, and has an SPF of 30 or higher. But if you find yourself sunburned, here’s what you should do:

  • Cool Off Immediately: Apply a cool compress, like a wet washcloth, to the burned areas. Avoid using ice, as it can damage your skin or make the burn worse. If a compress feels too painful, gently run cool water over the burn for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Soothe Your Skin: Use Aloe Vera to reduce inflammation. Stay away from products that contain alcohol, as they can further dry out your skin.
  • Reduce Inflammation: Consider taking an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or aspirin. If the sunburn is particularly severe, you might need a topical prescription from your doctor.
  • Protect Blisters: Never break blisters. Cover them lightly with gauze. If they break on their own, apply an antibiotic ointment and then re-cover them with gauze. Removing any tight rings, bracelets, or watches will help to keep one comfortable.
  • Choose Comfortable Clothing: Avoid tight clothing. If  hands or arms are swollen from burns,  it’s recommended to wear loose clothing  to be more comfortable.

Sun Safety Tips – Experience Healthy Tanning at Soleil Tans

At Soleil Tans, we are excited to offer the latest in healthy tanning technology. Professional tanning beds are equipped with electronic ballasts, considered a better alternative by experts.  If you are very sensitive to the sun or prefer to avoid UV exposure, consider our fabulous spray tans!

Enjoy the sun safely! Lastly, by adhering to these sun safety tips, you can relish the warmer weather without suffering from the discomfort and risks of sunburn

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