June 6, 2014
Tips for the Sun!
It’s June, which means SUN. And as some of us learn (*cough*Lisaatthefrontdesk*cough*) the hard way, with sunshine can come pain–either in the form of sunburn, or equally distressing, damaged leathery wrinkled skin! As a fair redhead, I know a thing or two about sunburn, (primarily how much sunburns suck) and I want to help make sure that you can learn from my very real torment.
1. This should go without saying, but WEAR SUNBLOCK! Even on cloudy days, those rays can cause damage! Student esthetician DaleRae recommends using a minimum of SPF 15, every single day, without fail. Dermalogica makes sun protection for all skin types. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, this may help.
2. Okay so you put your sunblock on in the morning, you can forget about it for the rest of the day, right? Well, not quite. You should try to reapply every 90 minutes while in the sun and student esthetician, Shari W advises reapplying even more frequently than that if you are swimming or sweating.
3. If possible, stay out of the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, the suns rays are at their strongest during this time, and you are much more likely to burn (or just damage your skin for those of you lucky enough to not burn!)
4. If you MUST be in the sun during those times, protect your skin with a large brimmed hat, sunglasses and loose long sleeved clothing.
5. What can you do if you do burn? STAY HYDRATED! Hydrate your skin externally with something soothing, healing, and cooling like my summer godsend, After Sun Repair, and also make sure to drink extra water to help hydrate your skin from the inside out as well (which, incidentally is always a good idea anyway…) Ibuprofen can help with the pain because it helps reduce inflammation.
If you follow these steps, you can enjoy the sun, pain free, all summer long!
-Katlin at Summit