Protect your self and your skin from over exposure to the sun
Posted Jan 26 2009 2:44pm
1. WHAT TIME OF DAY IS BEST TO BE OUT IN THE SUN?
The best time of day to catch some sun is between 8am and 10am. At this time of day the sun is not quite as strong as it is from lunchtime on. Having said this, in Australia in particular, where we have a very thin ozone layer (or virtually none at all over some regions of the east-coast), we all need to take extra care. 30-60 minutes exposure to the sun, even at this time of day is probably plenty! As soon as you feel your skin getting a warm and glowing feeling you are probably already suffering the effects of sun-burn.
2. DON’T FORGET YOUR SUNSCREEN!
Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen whether you are snow skiing or relaxing at the beach.
3. WEAR CLOTHES THAT PROTECT YOU FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS AND OVER-HEATING.
Wear a hat and protective cool clothing when outdoors. White clothes are best because white reflects light and this helps to keep you cooler.
4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER – IT HELPS YOU COPE WITH THE HEAT BETTER.
Make sure you stay well hydrated – drink plenty of water in extreme climates. This helps to keep your body’s interior and your skin cool through the mechanism of sweating. Three litres a day is considered an average for adults. Don’t forget the kids need to stay hydrated too. Heat stress, sunstroke and dehydration can creep up on you with very unpleasant results.
5. KEEP STRENUOUS ACTIVITY TO A MINIMUM ON HOT DAYS
If you’re exercising do this at the coolest times of the day –again early morning is the best or late afternoon before sunset. It is not a good idea to exercise strenuously in full sun either as this can cause over heating. Children, the elderly and people in poor health do not have well-functioning internal thermostats and over-heating can occur very rapidly indeed.
6. WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET OVER-HEATED OR SUFFER FROM SUNBURN.
If you find that you are suffering from heat stress the best thing to do is: Cool off in the shade.
Have a tepid bath or shower (not ice cold!).
Place a wet, cold flannel or towel on your head and neck.
Have frequent sips of cool water.
If you do get sunburned: Follow the steps above and use a cooling and hydrating moisturiser on your skin.
Wildcrafted Geranium & Aloe Body Lotion, Age Defying Essence or any of the Wildcrafted range of moisturisers are excellent choices to use. They all contain ingredients that reduce inflammation and help damaged skin to recover. A few drops of Lavender oil in the bath or on the wet, cold towel or flannel also helps to reduce the effects of over-heating.
Neat Lavender oil can be applied to sunburn to reduce inflammation, heat and skin damage.
Make sure that the Lavender oil you use is 100% pure and natural for best results. If you use Lavender oil for sunburn and you find it irritates your skin it probably isn’t the real thing so choose your essential oil of Lavender wisely.
Finally, remember that when you expose your skin to the sun’s powerful rays you need to be even more vigilant in your skin care regime and MOISTURISE!, MOISTURISE!, MOISTURISE!
Danny Siegenthaler is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and together with his wife Susan, a medical herbalist and Aromatherapist, they have created Natural Skin Care Products by Wildcrafted Herbal Products to share their 40 years of combined expertise with you.