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Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

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Sunburn is an incredibly common skin problem. Most of us have spent just a little too much time outside and encountered it before. Typically this is because our sunscreen wore off without us remembering to touch it up every two hours or so. This creates the unfortunate and painful situation that is sunburn. It is a relatively easily treated condition even if it is painful. Learning to treat it properly will go a long way towards helping one’s skin heal quickly and minimize the potential problems one experiences. We do need to stress that there is more to treating sunburn than aloe vera. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick guide on the best things you can do to help treat sunburn on your face and body. We’re going to favor simple, easy tricks that anyone can use to help their skin heal. These should be doable almost everywhere and help you be better equipped to handle the sun every summer going forward.

Protect Your Skin
This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to remember this when trying to care for sunburn. The key to letting your skin heal is to stop damaging it again in the same way. Apply sunscreen or other SPF-including products to the affected areas to provide a shield against further sun damage. This will let your skin actually get the chance to repair itself. We strongly encourage you to look for a product that uses zinc oxide, a physical blocker, to use when sunburned. Physical blockers will reflect UV rays and provide the overall best protection. Outside of that, you’ll want to favor the generalized sunscreen rules of ensuring you’re using a product with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad spectrum protection. We also advise keeping around the right clothes to shield sunburned areas. Look for clothes treated to provide sun protection for an even more thorough defense. Making these efforts will make all your other efforts that much more effective.

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Stay Cool
The burning sensation we associate with sunburn is unpleasant, but you can do something about it. A common and easy-to-use remedy involves taking cool baths and showers to keep the skin soothed. You’re actually helping yourself in two ways: the cool water helps to soothe the skin and it helps hydrate it. Sunburned skin is exceedingly dry by comparison to the rest of your skin and this is part of what leads to its inflamed state. Controlling that inflammation goes a long way towards making the sunburn tolerable again. So soaking in a tub of cool water isn’t that bad of any idea if you can stand it. We do recommend doing more than just soaking though. Your body is going to need extra hydration to help keep up with the problem too. Make sure that you’re mainly drinking water when you’re thirsty to help give it the edge it needs to fix the damage. Significant sun damage like sunburn takes a long time to fully heal even after it seems to have gone away. Doing yourself all the favors you can make the lingering damage far lesser.

Moisturize
Sunburnt skin, as highlighted above, is dry and needs a lot of moisture. Soaking alone won’t do the job and isn’t necessarily viable for the face. Moisturizing regularly after a quick, cold rinse can go a long way towards helping the problem too. A good moisturizer will help seal moisture in your skin even when it has been damaged. This will help soothe your skin over time. Additionally, all that moisture helps to improve your skin’s overall health and prevent it from being as susceptible to sun damage. Many people will likely want to swap to a slightly thicker moisturizer to treat sunburnt areas given you’ll want all the defense that you can get. Aloe vera can be particularly helpful here thanks to it being an excellent moisturizer on its own. The soothing effect it has when applied topically is a bonus that makes it even better. We also recommend taking painkillers to further help calm your skin alongside this step. It should help make sunburn a bit more bearable while the worst of it passes.

Nothing prevents sunburn from being a frustrating experience. Many of us feel a bit hampered after an incident of sunburn as we know we need to stay out of the sun for a while. The best thing any of us can do is use these times to remind ourselves to take better care of our skin. It will hopefully help us minimize any issues with sunburn in the future and be better prepared to help any friends or family that run afoul of the sun as well.

Skin Safe Swimwear Q & A

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Over the years, the sun protection industry has grown to be a main contributor driving the health and personal care market. Every time we turn around it seems there is a new product out aimed to keep our skin healthy and protected from harmful UV rays. Skin safe swimwear is being seen more and more often around the pool and beach areas. Read on for a bit of Q & A about this innovative product.

What are the Benefits of Skin Safe Swimwear?

  1. A quality company will offer skin safe swimwear with a 50+ SPF/UPF tested fabric that offers sun protection from over 97.5% of UVA/UVB rays.
  2. Won’t wash off like sunscreen and eliminates hassles of sunscreen application.
  3. Breathable, quick drying fabric
  4. Provides added warmth in cold water
  5. No added chemicals- concerned shoppers may be warned to look for skin safe swimwear that specifically states it is chemical free

Isn’t Sunscreen Enough?
No. According to manufacturers at Solartex Sungear, clothing is recommended because it can reduce exposure to a broad spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. Clothing absorbs or blocks much of the radiation from sun exposure. While sunscreen is recommended as an important part of skin protection, many do not apply enough sunscreen or reapply after it has washed off. In fact, some research suggests that sunscreen gives people a false sense of security and allows them to stay out in the sun longer and be subjected to more damaging rays. This is why it makes sense to wear protective clothing. It’s the sunscreen that never wears off.

Why Can’t I Just Use a T-shirt?
A very heavy, dark, tightly woven T-shirt may offer sun protection, but most summer weight cotton t-shirts off as little as 10 SPF and lose 50% of that SPF when wet. The minimum SPF recommended by The American Cancer Society is 15. In addition, sun protective wear is designed for water. It’s quick drying and fits well unlike a T-shirt which will become cumbersome when wet.

Aren’t They Hot?
No. They are made of tightly woven, lightweight and cool material, designed to handle blistering heat. The material filters out the sun and reflects heat to help you to feel cool.

What is the UPF Classification System?
Sun protection and swimwear clothing are rated using the UPF classification system. UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and it measures both UVA and UVB radiation that can pass through the fabric to your skin. An SPF rating is generally used to rate sunscreen and cosmetics and only measures the protection against UVB rays, not UVA. Similar to the SPF system, a UVF rating generally starts at 15 and can go beyond 50 with the sun protection increasing as the numbers go up. The UPF rating will be an important factor in determining which skin safe swimwear is most effective.

How Do I Know My Skin is Protected?
It’s a good idea to buy from a reputable manufacturer to make sure skin is protected. The manufacturers at Coolibar recommend you ask these questions when in the market for reliable skin safe swimwear:

  • Was the product tested and, if so, what protocols were used?
  • Was real wear simulated as part of the test through washing, exposure to light, chlorine, etc.
  • Was testing conducted to simulate sun-protection throughout the products life style?

Finding out this information will lead to the acquisition of an effective and long lasting product. Good luck and happy sunning!

Top Ways To Beat “Skinflammation”

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We’re frequently subject to various kind of inflammation. This tends to come from varying sources depending on the exact circumstances of our life lately. When we’re ill, it is fairly common that various parts of our body become inflamed by interaction with the virus or bacteria. The sun can cause very apparent inflammation in the form of sunburn as well. Many people even suffer from conditions that are forms of chronic skin inflammation. Trying to contain the various kinds of inflammation is so common that you have many ways to approach dealing with it. These approaches will have varying levels of effectiveness depending on the exact source of the inflammation. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to find ways to contain and soothe inflammation of the skin compared to other forms of inflammation.

Diet
Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body and as a result, it responds powerfully to the things you put into your body. We often get in a rush when it comes to ensuring we get enough food and this can end up negatively impacting our skin over time. This is because the goods that are readily able to be reached are typically sugary or otherwise not necessarily the best for us. Sugars are particularly bad as the surge in blood sugar can actually cause overall inflammation to one degree or another that can slowly build over time. As a result, learning to properly manage your diet is one of the better things you can do to manage chronic skin inflammation. It is a somewhat difficult step for many of us as changing your diets requires commitment, but sticking to it will help lead to improved overall health while reducing strain on your skin and the rest of your body.

Manage Your Exposure
Sun damage is a big source of skin inflammation, if not the biggest. Sunburn is only the beginning of your worries when it comes to skin troubles. The UV rays from the sun actually damage your skin in a number of ways that can lead to lasting damage. You need to properly protect your skin if you expect it to be able to keep up with the damage being inflicted on it. This means finding a sunscreen that works for you. Physical blockers like zinc oxide make for some of the best sunscreens as they rest on top of your skin and actually reflect the damaging rays away from your skin. The key is ensuring you get the other parts of this skincare equation right. Look for a sunscreen that provides an SPF of at least 30 alongside broad spectrum protection. Properly managing your exposure to sunlight will prevent UV rays from further aggravating inflammation in your skin and allow it to heal naturally.

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Hydrate and Soothe
The other big way to manage skin inflammation is to try to do your best to soothe the skin. Hydrating your skin is a good universal solution as your skin needs moisture to maintain its health and dry skin leads to inflammation quickly. This shouldn’t be your only step though. Particular kinds of inflammation can benefit from specific topical treatments. Sunburn benefits from aloe vera, for instance, and psoriasis responds well to hydrocortisone creams. You just need to figure out the kind of inflammation that you’re dealing with and you can tailor topical treatments to managing them. Notably, you’ll want to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing a chronic form of skin inflammation. This can be the result of any number of conditions and discussing your condition with your doctor will help you figure out the best course of treatment.

Skin inflammation is an often red and itchy experience that requires attention to get back to proper health quickly. Pay attention to your skin when treating skin inflammation though. Finding what it responds to will help you treat it. You should also look for any changes in your diet or in the products you use to phase out of your routines. This can help isolate the cause of the inflammation to help further treatment. As ever, being mindful of your skin will let you treat it better.