How to Protect Skin
How to Protect Skin
Learn How to Protect Skin and Treat Sunburns
Remember, you can get burned even on overcast days. Apply an SPF of at least 30 about 15-20 minutes before leaving the house, so that it has time to set in and work at its optimum performance. Don’t forget your ears and the back of your neck. Bring it with you, and reapply it every two hours.
As an esthetician, I always remind my clients to wear a hat and big sunglasses. This protects your eyes and scalp from getting burned. Some new sun protection products to try: Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen. It contains a calming clay that absorbs sweat and excess skin oils to keep your skin dry, essentially doubling as a face powder. Dermadoctor.com has come out with a breakthrough sunblock that transforms the sun’s rays into a beauty treatment for the skin. Check out Photodynamic Therapy SPF 30.
Don’t forget to protect your pout either, with a lip balm that has SPF. The lips are one of the most common places for skin cancer to begin.
Are you already lobster red? Here are some tips to get you through a painful sunburn ordeal:
• Take an ibuprofen or aspirin right away to reduce inflammation and pain.
• Take a cool bath (just slightly cooler than lukewarm temperature) and add a cup of distilled white vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar works with the acid mantle in your skin to soothe and moisturize sunburned skin. When you get out, gently pat yourself with a soft towel, and then let yourself air dry.
• Apply a thin layer of aloe gel (available at drugstores or health food stores). Make sure you choose a product that is clear, not green. Green aloes are not natural—they’re just colored. Keep the aloe in your fridge, and apply to sunburned areas every few hours.
• Wear soft, thin, loose-fitting, cotton clothing.
• If you’re really uncomfortable, buy some cortisone cream at the supermarket and apply it before bed.
• Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated. One of the best things to drink is iced green tea, which is carried at most supermarkets.
• Make sure to stay out of the sun for the next week, to give your skin time to heal.
• If you have someplace important to go, and your face is sunburned, it’s okay to wear mineral makeup. Mineral products allow the skin to breathe and don’t interfere with the healing process.