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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunburn tips

Spotted forms of Aloe vera are sometimes known...Image via Wikipedia
Now that we're hitting triple-digits in most places around 'zona, here are some tips on dealing with sunburns.

Sunblocks and lotions should be applied at least 20 minutes BEFORE going in the sun so it can be absorbed into skin layers, especially on your little ones! Use one with SPF 30 or higher and 3 or 4 star UVA protection.

Remember... dark colors absorb heat so best to wear light or white colors to reflect sunlight. And you can get sunburned on cloudy days just as easily as sunny days - if you can see a shadow, you’re still catching some rays.

Things to watch out for...
Blisters or bubbles on the skin
Swelling or pain

What to do...
• Cool the burn by using cool cloths or pure aloe vera gel.
• Get out of sun or cover up to avoid further damage.
• Take care of blisters by loosely covering them and don’t pick at them!

To help relieve the pain from a sunburn if NO blisters exist:

Aloe vera - Break open a fresh leaf or use 96-100% pure aloe gel.

Baking soda - Add 1/2 cup baking soda to a warm bath and soak for half an hour.

Vinegar - Put some regular or cider vinegar on a cloth and apply to sunburned area.

Whole milk - Apply a cool compress soaked in whole milk to the area

Above extracted from IT'S A DISASTER!


And of course stay hydrated. Will post tips on heat-related illnesses and heat tips in general soon. Stay cool & safe out there! j & B


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