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.