Summer is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Sunshine can be highly beneficial, from helping your body produce vitamin D to regulating your sleep-wake cycle. However, spending too much time in the sun without the proper protection can cause sunburn and increase your risk of skin cancer.
Sunburn is your body’s inflammatory reaction to UV radiation exposure, causing redness, blisters, and pain. Sunburn typically peaks 24 to 48 hours after exposure, but it can take weeks to heal fully. So, it is crucial to manage sunburn symptoms early to restore your skin to optimal health.
1. Take a Cold Shower
To reduce discomfort caused by sunburn, take a cool (but not ice cold) shower as soon as possible. Use cold compresses or damp towels if you only have a small sunburn area. However, do not put ice directly on sunburn as it can further damage your skin.
2. Apply a Moisturizer
Sunburn dehydrates the upper layers of the dermis, so it is crucial to restore your skin’s moisture levels to help it heal. Opt for fragrance-free, chemical-free products and avoid moisturizers with ingredients like benzocaine or neosporin; these irritants can increase inflammation and cause rashes, blisters, and swelling.
Apply a product with natural ingredients like aloe vera or C60 olive oil. Vitality C60 olive oil provides a protective layer to the skin when applied topically. It also reduces oxidative stress due to inflammation and maintains your skin’s hydration level to keep it supple and firm.
3. Stay Hydrated
Sunburn pulls moisture from the deepest layers of your skin to the surface, where it dissipates, leaving you at a higher risk of dehydration. On average, you should consume approximately ½ an ounce of water per pound of bodyweight. However, increase your intake to 1 ounce per pound of body weight if you are sunburned.
You can improve your hydration further with electrolyte or hydrogen supplements. Adding a Vitality Hydrogen supplement to your water 1 to 4 times per day can hydrate your body on a cellular level and reduce inflammation.
Protect Your Skin This Summer With Vitality
As your skin heals, keep it covered in lightweight, breathable clothing and resist the urge to pop any blisters or peel flaking skin; blisters protect your skin from dehydration and peeling increases your risk of scarring.
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