Sunburns are the result of over exposure to UVB rays from the sun. They cause the skin to redden and blister, damaging the outer protective layers of the skin. Just one bad sunburn can lead to long-lasting damage to the skin and increase the risk for skin cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
Prevention is the best way to avoid sunburn. These tips will help when you’re outdoors.
- Avoid the sun during peak hours of 10am – 2 pm.
- Seek shade.
- Wear clothing with UPF protection (ultraviolet protection factor) UPF 50+ helps block 98% of UVA/UVB rays.
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors, even on a cloudy day. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you.
- Use sunscreen year round. Some of the worst sunburns have occurred in the winter.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen which protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher.
- Use a sunscreen that is water resistant (40-80 minutes).
- Use plenty of sunscreen. An adult should use about 1 oz. of sunscreen to cover exposed areas of the skin (equal to a shot glass).
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Don’t forget about your lips. Protect your lips with a broad spectrum lip protectant of at least a SPF 15 or more.
- Be sure to apply sunscreen to vulnerable areas such as ears, neck, and top of feet.
- If your hair is thinning or your head is bald, apply sunscreen to your scalp.
- Take sunscreen with you wherever you go.
- Don’t use expired product.
Remember, people who get sunburns don’t protect themselves with proper measures. They leave their skin vulnerable by not wearing protective clothing and usually don’t apply enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply after being in the sun or water, or use expired product.
Don’t forget that UVB rays can reflect from surfaces such as ice, snow, and sand and increase UV exposure. UVA rays can penetrate through glass, such as your car window.
Vanicream™ Sunscreens provide broad-spectrum protection and are water resistant (80 minutes). Formulated for sensitive skin, they are free of common chemical irritants found in ordinary sunscreens. No PABA or oxybenzone. Non-comedogenic, gluten-free, and kid-friendly. When Vanicream™ Sunscreens are used as directed with other sun protective measures, they help provide protection from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and decrease the risk of skin cancer and aging.