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Summer's Coming..."Here Comes The Sun"

Posted Sep 14 2008 2:38pm

"...and its alright" quoting George Harrison of The Beatles of course.

Revsam 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.

Treating Sunburn.

  • Use a hydrocortisone and cold milk compresses.
  • For blisters, use white vinegar and water.
  • Aloe vera has no therapeutic benefits for sun burn.

Sun Protection

  • 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.

Photo courtesey Revererd Sam on Flickr. Thanks!

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