"...and its alright" quoting George Harrison of The Beatles of course.
With the advent of summer comes a more radiant and power source of energy that requires us to take steps to protect our selves. Here is an article that does a great job of summarizing everything we need to know about protecting and treating the skin as it relates to sun exposure. I will highlight the major points.
Use a hydrocortisone and cold milk compresses.
For blisters, use white vinegar and water.
Aloe vera has no therapeutic benefits for sun burn.
Stay out of direct sun from 10AM to 3PM.
Wear protective clothing.
Use SPF 15 to 30, apply 30 minutes before you go into the sun.
There is no such thing as a waterproof sunscreen, they are water resistant at best. Therefore, if you playing in the water or perspiring, reapply often.
Use a physical sunscreen (zinc or titanium dioxide) for best protection.
Truth about SPF
SPF only measures UVB exposure in a controlled environment.
SPF higher than 30 does not offer more protection.
Need sunscreens that block more harmful UVA rays.
Look for sunscreens with 6% zinc oxide or higher
Makeups and moisturizers with SPF ratings do not work as well as sunscreens alone
Wear sunglasses that protect from sun rays.
Glass does not block UVA rays.
There is no such thing as a healthy tan. I have heard from other people that they think the body needs the vitamin D that the sun stimulates. There are even studies that support this finding. However, when you compare the skyrocketing risks of skin cancer with the benefit of a little vitamin D you receive from the sun, you are better off getting the vitamin D your body needs from food sources, Also, make sure you read this post on tanning beds.