Sun’s out, skins out! Chatted with Dr. Marina Ball a Dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente Orange County this past week about the importance of taking care of our skin and how to preserve it as long as we can! Did you know that a simple reflection of the sun can cause a sun burn? Or that the sun is the strongest between 10am and 4pm? Lastly, did you know that sun before 18 years of age is the most damaging and to top it off we get 80% of our sun exposure prior to the age of 18? Crazy right? So lets talk safety and protection.
Children’s Skin Safety
If you have children 6 months or younger they shouldn’t be in the direct sun light all. Their skin is still extremely sensitive! If your child is 6 months – 2 years old below are some helpful skin safety tips.
- Mineral based sunscreen that is water resistant is best. (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide)
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out in to the sun.This will allow ample time for your skin to absorb the sunscreen.
- Use over and above when applying sunscreen, don’t be afraid!
- Purchase swim gear with SPF labels. Or cover your children with rash guards and add a hat to protect their face.
- A little shade to break up the sun is never a bad idea.
- Reapply. Reapply. Reapply. Roughly every 80 minutes.
Adult Skin Safety
It’s never too late to protect your skin from the sun. Did you know you can reverse the damage as well? All it takes is a choice, and it’s an easy one for that matter! As an adult or parent sometimes we neglect ourselves when thinking about our skin when in reality all the tips we discussed previously for kids apply to us as well. Another helpful tip is to use a SPF 30 water resistant “Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum” sunscreen which helps to protect you from ultraviolert rays A + B. UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. You can also look for sunscreen that contains ZINC + TITANIUM. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can also cause skin cancer.
How To Treat a Burn
Now you are burnt. What now? Time to relieve the symptoms and treat the sunburn.
- Applying Aloe Gel can help with the discomfort and help to hydrate and heal your sunburn
- A Cool Bath is also a nice way to help with the discomfort.
- An Anti-Inflamitory for pain such as Ibuprofen is also helpful.
If you have symptoms of fever, chills, vomiting, and/or nausea, you need to seek medical attention as you may have Heat Stroke.
A little Vitamin D never hurt anybody but it is best to be safe and preserve your skin. You only get one Birthday Suit!
For more information, visit http://www.kp.org/orangecounty
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