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Learn Before You Burn: 5 Tips to Prevent and Treat Sunburn

August 10, 2020 | Ashley Williams

Learn Before You Burn: 5 Tips to Prevent and Treat Sunburn

Sunburn can occur at the worst possible times. One minute you are laying out, enjoying the sun, attempting to get a nice summer tan, the next your skin is red, flaky, uncomfortable and burnt. If you are currently dealing with sunburn or are hoping to avoid it this summer, keep reading for these helpful tips and tricks to keep your skin from getting sunburned. 

 1. Use a SPF 30 or above before sun exposure  

It seems simple enough, but it is surprisingly easy to forget to add sunscreen before a day in the sun. While most people have their sunscreen handy when it comes to a day at the beach, casual outings like shopping, walking your dog, jogs, and just about any outdoor activity can lead to sunburns. During the hotter summer months, even if you don’t plan on being outside for a prolonged period, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For sheer lightweight UVA/UVB protection try our Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Body. This reef safe, broad spectrum formula found in our dermatologist recommended line is enriched with Vitamin E and Green Tea to help skin recover after sun exposure and leave skin soft and younger-looking.  


 2. Avoid the sun during peak hours. 

Avoiding the sun during peak hours can help to prevent sunburn. During the hours of 10am and 2pm, the sun tends to be at its brightest and can cause a lot of damage to skin. Staying indoors, or out of the sun during these times can help to greatly decrease your chance of getting sunburned. If you have to be out during these times it’s best to wear a sunscreen with more protection. Our All Sport Performance Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 provides quick drying protection with water resistance up to 80 minutes. This broad-spectrum performance spray is enriched with Aloe Vera Extract, Cucumber, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Chamomile and works to protect the skin against UVA/UVB rays and free radicals.  


 3.Use a sunscreen that is water resistant 

All sunscreens are not created equal. Unfortunately, sunscreens that are not water resistant can rinse off when in contact with water, leaving your skin exposed to the sun. It’s important to wear a water-resistant sunscreen for beach and pool days for extra protection. Our broad spectrum, Green Tea and Vitamin E enriched Ultra Sheer Mineral Body Sunscreen Mist SPF 30 is highly effective at protecting skin from the sun when wet. This lightweight water-resistant sunscreen that works to fight free radicals and nourish the skin.  


 4. Don’t use expired sunscreen 

Like many cosmetic products, sunscreen can be one of those things that you don’t frequently run out of, so you end up keeping it past its expiration date. Expired sunscreen loses its potency when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. Always check to be sure your sunscreen is not expired before using. If the expiration date is faded, check the consistency and smell. If the consistency is off, or the smell is rancid, chances are the sunscreen is expired. If you are unable to tell, and you know you’ve had your sunscreen for quite some time, err on the side of caution of purchase a new one.  


 5. Apply to vulnerable areas 

Don’t skip out on applying sunscreen to areas like the face, ears, neck and feet. Often when applying sunscreen, we tend to gravitate towards larger parts of our body and skip smaller areas, which can end up suffering from sunburn. Our Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF30 Face works to protect your face, ears and neck from UVA/UVB rays. This lightweight non-greasy formula absorbs quickly, fights and reduces the signs of aging and leaves a sheer, non-greasy finish.  


If for whatever reason your skin is sunburned, and it is not a serious burn, you can treat it at home. Taking cold showers and baths can help to calm the burning sensation and give your skin some relief. Applying our Panthenol and Allantoin-enriched Scar Gel can also help cool your skin and help to treat the appearance of the burn. Drinking extra water when sunburned can also help prevent dehydration and help in the healing process. 


What’s your go-to method for preventing sunburns? 

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