Here we are in the middle of July, and many of us are spending time with our families and enjoying the outdoors. Sadly, this means that many of us are also experiencing the effects of over-exposure to the sun and suffering through skin damage and sunburn.
The first signs of sunburn may actually not appear right away and could show up hours after exposure. The symptoms are red, tender skin that is warm to the touch. Some burns can result in blisters that can develop hours or days later. In severe cases, sunburn can result in fever, chills, nausea, or rash (this is a serious condition sometimes called sun poisoning). Many people struggle with peeling skin for a long time after the skin has been burned.
People with fair skin are more likely to get sunburned as sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun exceeds ability of melanin to protect the skin. Melanin is the skin’s protective coloring. Fair skinned people can burn within 15 minutes of sun exposure, especially during the strongest hours of 10 am – 4 pm, while dark skinned people may endure the same exposure for hours.
If you do get the dreaded sunburn, it is important to remember that hydration for your body as well as your skin is important! While you may be tempted to use commercial products on your sun soaked skin, it should be noted that petroleum jelly and petroleum-based ingredients are very bad for sunburned skin. This horrible ingredient (as well as ingredients derived from petrochemicals) can block pores and prevent heat and sweat from escaping, causing you unwanted pain and furthering skin damage.
You should also be aware that using petroleum jelly on already damaged skin is really discouraged if you plan on returning to the sun. The super-shine that petroleum jelly leaves on your skin actually reflects the same way that pool water does, drawing more sun to your skin! At Underground Naturals we suggest that you always avoid this nasty ingredient, but ESPECIALLY if you are struggling with already damaged skin.
So, before you go out into the sun, be sure that you protect your skin by wearing proper sun gear. But also be prepared to take care of your skin when you come back inside. For you, we have designed and incredible After Sun Care Lotion that will quickly become your new summer “must have.” Soothing aloe, shea butter, and lavender essential oils come together in this incredible body lotion to give you a fighting chance to let your sun-kissed skin shine that beautiful healthy summer glow that you desire.
Underground Naturals is dedicated to providing all natural, safe, pure body care products for you and your family. Read our blog to learn more about why we do what we do, what ingredients you should avoid, and what ingredients we recommend.
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