Tips to Prevent Sunburn
Excessive sun exposure can result in painful sunburn and long term premature aging of the skin. Over time, intense repeated sun exposure can also result in skin cancer. Be proactive and avoid sunburn by:
- Using a broad spectrum sunscreen at least SPF 15 or higher, such as Coppertone®
- Staying in the shade and wearing protective clothing and sunglasses.
- Avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest—even on cloudy days (sunburn is caused by UV radiation not temperature, so you can get sunburned even when it’s cloudy).Get UV Index
Ways to Treat Minor Sunburn
- At the first sign of skin reddening or the tingling of a burn, get out of the sun and start treatment. (Most sunburns can be treated at home).
- Sunburn can sneak up on you and can take four to six hours for the symptoms to develop.
Cool the Painful Sunburn
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Apply Solarcaine® Cool Aloe Spray or Gel for fast, cooling relief from painful sunburn (also moisturizes to help reduce dryness). Use as directed.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
- Drink plenty of water and watch for signs of dehydration (dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and fatigue). Drinking water helps your body recover the fluid loss caused by sun exposure and heat.
Soothe the Skin
- Apply a moisturizer (such as Solarcaine® After Sun Moisturizers), when your skin begins to peel (usually within a few days), and continue using until the peeling stops.
Consult Your Doctor
- If burn covers a large area, is blistering, or seems severe.
- If you experience extreme pain, headache, confusion, nausea or chills.