We all want to protect our skin, but when the weather is burning hot even being out in the sun for any period of time can really take its toll. It’s best to avoid being outside when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm, but when you end up getting too much sun, here are some tips for soothing your skin:
1. Cool down as fast as possible.
First things first, get out of the sun. Try taking a short cold shower to begin to cool your body down. But avoid harsh soaps which can irritate your already inflamed skin.
2. Moisturize with petroleum-free products.
It’s best to keep your skin moisturized, but avoid products that contain petroleum. These products trap heat and can actually make sun burned skin worse. Aloe vera may help to soothe mild burns as well.
3. Replenish with fluids.
Being out in the sun can be dehydrating so make sure you replenish all the fluid that you lost.
4. Learn your lesson.
Even after a sunburn has healed the skin damage is already done. So learn from it. Make sure you wear a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen whenever you’re out in the sun. It should be at least 30 SPF and you should reapply every few hours. Cover up and again, try to avoid being outside when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10 am and 4 pm.
Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak