Taking care of your skin should be numero uno on your beauty to-do list. This summer was the WORST between what felt like heat waves and merciless power outages. So it's safe to say, a lot of people at some point were exposed to a lot of sun this summer. And for us, the heat doesn't calm down until maybe December. This biggest problem with this is a lot of people still don't use sunscreen when going out. From going to the beach to simply running around with errands, without proper sunscreen, getting sunburn is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from happening.
I've heard a lot of black people say that black people can't get sunburned, but did you know that our race is the highest risk for skin cancer? So what’s so damaging about sunburns in the first place? Well, according to
You're using the wrong products
A lot of Islanders know that if you get a burn (of any kind) you should put aloe in it. But one of my friends who treats burns and wounds at the hospital recently informed me that aloe is actually one of the worst things you can put on a burn. She said the aloe makes it burn more so there are two other products they use. The hospital actually uses Cetaphil and Aquaphor, so these products are probably better to use for sunburn. Aloe vera is still great to use to restore moisture to your skin after prolonged sun exposure if you’re not sunburned.
Whatever you do, don’t. pop. blisters.
As tempting as it is to pick at your sunburn, you actually could be doing more harm than good. Blisters appear when you have a second-degree burn, which means your epidermis (outer layer) and dermis (lower layer) are damaged. Frey informs that getting rid of them before they properly heal can “increase the chance of (an) infection to spread.”
How Can You Treat A Sunburn?
If you notice that you’re getting a sunburn, the first thing you need to do is get out of the sun. After that, use cool water — shower, bath, or wet towel — to help cool down your body. Make sure to drink plenty of water; heat and sun exposure can dehydrate you. Use moisturisers to keep your skin hydrated. Don’t use any home remedies like egg whites, butter, or petroleum jelly.
If you have a severe sunburn, and also have a fever, nausea, vomiting, fainting, blurry vision, headache, or confusion, you may also have heat exhaustion — seek immediate medical attention if these symptoms occur.
How To Prevent A Future Sunburn
In order to prevent future sunburns, make sure to wear a generous amount of broad spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 anytime you go outside (even if it’s cloudy).
Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or excessive sweating.
Don’t forget that clothing and hats can also provide sun protection — and make sure to wear sunglasses that have UV protection!