Did you know that 1 oz. of sunscreen is the approximate amount of sun block that needs to be applied to your body? (Measurement on AVG) Using higher doses of SPF sun screen can be the ultimate protection for sensitive skin areas like the Nose, Feet, Ears (especially the top and lobes of the ears) and shoulders. Thighs have been known to get tender from the sun so apply as needed. What about the lips? Well sun-block wasn’t designed for the lips so SPF lip balm should be applied to avoid cracked or sunburned lips.
The best time to apply sunscreen is a half hour before you are exposed to the sun. This gives ample time for your skin to absorb the sun block. UV rays can even penetrate the clouds and cause skin problems so it’s recommended to apply sun block even when it’s cloudy.
Breakdown of skin types
Obviously every person is unique and their skin type varies person to person so here’s the skinny….
Fair skin is quite sensitive to the sun and can burn easy. Folks with fair skin often burn and should use a sun block of SPF 30 and up. People that have darker skin tones are not likely to burn as much as folks with fair skin. This doesn’t mean they are at risk for skin cancer. Long exposure can still lead to nasty skin wrinkles and cancer. I guess it really doesn’t matter what your skin type is. The fact of the matter is sunscreen with minimum of 15 SPF is recommended to be worn year round. EVERYONE can be at risk to burns and cancer if long exposure to UV rays goes untreated.
Severe sunburns are BRIGHT red skin, bubbling blisters, fever, chills & nausea. Severe burns can often lead to Heat Exhaust or Heat Stroke. (2nd / 3rd Degree Burn)
Moderate burns can be described as red skin, itching & stinging (2nd Degree Burn)
Mild sun burns are pinkish skin color and later peel off. It should not go un-noticed that mild burns can still lead to cancer. Do not under estimate the power of the sun’s UV…..
So you have a Burn
Did you get fried from the suns’ UV rays? Now what? A common method from sun burns is to take a cool bath. There are even theories of oatmeal or cornstarch added to cool water help. Be sure you don’t scrub your skin; just use a soft towel to pat your body dry.
If your burn is severe and you feel extremely uncomfortable then you need to get your butt to the doc… When it’s all said and done nobody gets hurt until the doc saves your life. So don’t be stubborn you may have heat exhaust or stroke so act quick.