How to Avoid a Sunburn this Summer

A sunburn is dangerous to the skin. Not only does it increase the chances of developing cancer, but it can actually cause the skin to age faster. Naturally, summer is one of the most common times to develop sunburns, but there are some ways you can avoid them. Here are some tips to keep you sunburn free through the warm and sunny months of summer.

Your Clothing

The clothing you wear can help protect you from the sun. For example, when you wear loose-fit clothing that keeps you cool but still covers a great portion of your body, you will have less of a chance of developing a sunburn. This is especially true if you already have a sunburn on a particular portion of your body.


Remember, you can begin developing sun related skin damage in as little as 15 minutes. So, if you are planning to be outdoors for any length of time, it is best to apply sunscreen to your exposed skin. Sunscreen should be applied in a THICK layer, and you can use the highest protection available. The higher the sun protection factor the longer you will be protected over the course of the day. Reapply any sunscreen, even water-proof, after 60 minutes in the water.

Medication and Cosmetics

Also, keep in mind that some medications and cosmetics can irritate your skin and make it easier for you to develop a sunburn. During the summer months, it is especially important to avoid these types of items. For example, you should avoid taking pain medications like Advil, Aleve or Motrin for this reason. Cosmetics with oils and fragrances are also damaging and should be avoided.

Always being aware of your exposure to the sun is important. Following this advice will help you do just that and avoid becoming sunburned this summer. In the end, avoiding a sunburn can help keep your skin healthy and young-looking for many years to come.

There are medical treatments in the case of a sunburn, so come in to FirstCare if you experience significant redness of your skin from sun exposure.

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