Posted on June 21, 2012 with No Comments
It seems every year at this time we put together something about sunburn and sunburn relief. Well…the late spring and early summer is when we seem to get hit hardest (and exposed the most), so it stands to reason the topic comes up. Also, considering we manufacture 200+ products, we have a few things on our plate(s), but the first week of summer we are overwhelmed with customer calls complaining about sunburn. It quickly comes to mind and becomes a “hot topic” when your daughter comes home with burned, blistered shoulders and nose as mine did last week.
I guess the general comment is prevention with a secondary comment on relief.
At the beginning of the year, the sun is not as high in the sky so many of the UVB/UVA is filtered by the atmosphere. As the summer solstice approaches (and is in fact here), the sun is higher and radiation is more direct. Meaning, burning happens very fast especially for those fair-skined like myself. I was working in the garden this weekend then hung-out by the pool for an hour or so with the kids and sure enough my shoulders, back of the neck and stomach were a bit burned.
With that said, prevention comes in the form of keeping covered with light clothing, staying hydrated and using a sunscreen. Since I don’t like using lotions, I’m particularly fond of the sprays that came out a few years ago. At first, they were effective but had poor dispersion. In the past year or so, they work great…especially when applying outdoors. The point is – you can and will become burned quickly in as little as 15 minutes for most folks especially if you have not established a tan.
Second, once a burn has occurred, treatment is necessary to avoid blisters, pain and to provide general relief. We manufacturer a sunburn relief product, Regeneval Dermal EM Sunburn Relief…we refer to it only as “sunburn relief” It’s a combination of menthol that soothes and cools the tissue and emu oil that is used extensively for treating burns and cuts to heal the skin. My daughter tried it on her shoulders and they felt better immediately, but more importantly helped heal the burn quickly over the next few days.
Another option which has made some headlines recently is the use of black tea. While I don’t understand the chemistry, it has shown to rapidly diminish the effects of the sunburn. Apparently you take black tea, soak in water and apply to the skin and affected area.
Bottom line is prevention is the best cure, but there are some effective relief products available.
Posted on May 25, 2009 with No Comments
I just got back from 3 days at the beach, and as usual and am looking for remedies for a bad sunburn on my nose.
Finding relief for the burning and peeling go back to when I was a kid growing up in Orlando. My Dad, who was a dentist, always had an Aloe plant in the backyard and sent us scrambling to peel open the leaves and wipe the gooey insides on our face.
It felt soothing and seemed to make everything OK until it started to dry – making our skin tight and dried-out. Aloe and lidocaine have since become popular ingredients helping soothe and cool sunburns all over the planet in OTC products. And, while the healing effects have become widely known, we have found there are options to heal and treat you can consider, especially of the burn is severe (which mine is borderline!)
I have written several times about emu oil. It is a very popular remedy in Australia and somewhat in New Zealand. It is one of the few oils used in skin care products that is considered a “carrier” oil – meaning it is capable and has properties to penetrate to the subcutaneous layer of the skin. While this may not seem too important, many creams and lotions do not have a carrier oil – primarily because of expense (it’s not cheap). The benefits, as they say, out way the costs. The ability to penetrate deep greatly improves it’s – and other ingredients its formulated with – efficacy or effectiveness. Especially when considering sun burn remedies, getting to the lower layers of tissue is paramount.
With that said, emu oil, does several other things. First it is widely used to treat burns in general. It is a natural anti-bacterial, helping wounds to remain sterilized and fighting off infection, a primary concern to fight infection. It is a natural moisturizer, antiseptic and promotes healthy skin cell and collagen renewal. This helps prevent scars and improves elasticity and pliability of tissue.
If combined with vitamin e and menthol, as with my favorite remedy for bad sunburn, Dermal Em, you you get the soothing and cooling relief with the benefit of the healing power and regenerative qualities needed to avoid tightening, itchy or excessive peeling.
While there is plenty of discussion as to the difference between “bad” and “severe”, the fundamental premise of treatment is the same:
- Drink plenty of fluid to avoid dehydration and to maintain body fluids
- Provide no open wounds, keep the affected area moisturized, clean and sterilized, if possible
- To relieve pain, itchy and soreness, products based with with emu oil, lidocaine or menthol (peppermint, spearmint) can help with the “heat”.
The best remedies for a bad sunburn I have found combine emu oil, vitamin e and menthol. The skin gets some relief with a light cooling sensation to burned tissue (I like the smell also), and the vitamin e and emu oil do a great job helping heal the burn.