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Because Applying Hurts Less Than Burning

July 11, 2010

Call this a public service announcement or the words from your mother that will never stop haunting you, but don’t forget the sunscreen.

Summer is finally here in Seattle although I have heard rumors that it has reared its ugly head in many other parts of the country already and with it is the sun. This year I have made a commitment to reinvent myself not only mentally and spiritually but also physical. And while that means eating less chips and actually doing a little more than thinking about getting off the couch to exercise it also means keeping my skin healthy.

Some fun  facts about sunscreen:

There is no such thing as water proof (remember water proof and water-resistant is very different) sunscreen. Always reapply after swimming.

Apply every 2-3 hours.

Everyone looks at the SPF, but SPF 30 is the one to buy. Anything after SPF 30 isn’t more of a marketing gimmick that actually working longer.

On the other side anything below SPF 15 isn’t really recommended either.

SPF isn’t the only thing to look for in a good lotion. Make sure it also protects against UV rays.

How much should you apply? A good rule of thumb is 2 tablespoons worth.

Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before going out into the sun.

It might be an annoyance to apply but here are some ideas on how to make it fun:

  • Rub it on your partner in a sexy way. In a similar way you would use sexy time lotions.
  • Create skin art. Start figure painting it on your body.

Already nursing a sunburn? Here are some tips on how to relieve the burn:

  • Aloe, aloe, aloe. Colorless and have no fragrance is the best way to go, but using the aloe straight from the plant is even better. Aloe plants can usually be found at a local nursery and even big box stores.
  • Milk. I used this method a few weeks ago and was impressed with the results. Dip a cloth in milk and apply it to the burn. Just remember that it is the fat content that soothe so whole milk is the best way to go.
  • Drinking. OK so this might not sooth a burn, but it helps to repair a burn faster. One side effect of sun burn is dehydration. Drink up.
  • Baking soda: Adding some to a bath or devolving some in water then applying with a towel can help ease the burn.

My roommate and I went to a Santa Monica to cool off during a heat wave. She refused to get out of the sun with me so I took off for a book store. Several hours later I found she sound asleep on the beach. Once we got home her front was as white as snow and her back was as red as a lobster. I didn’t think someone could turn that color. Sad, yes. Hilarious, oh yeah.

Do you have any good sunburn stories or remedies to share?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. William permalink
    July 29, 2010 9:51 am

    “No such thing as waterproof sunscreen”
    May I suggest looking into Aloe Gator’s offering? It’s a Factor 40 gel which is very popular among surfers as it doesn’t simply wash off with water or sweat. Soap and water – yep, comes right off – but not just water. It has a similar consistency to petroleum jelly and though I burn easily I’ve not had any ill effects after relying on a single application despite being in and out of the water.

    Their SPF 30 lip balm tastes pretty good too. 😉

    Worth a look, anyway.

  2. William permalink
    July 29, 2010 9:54 am

    Oh yes, their “Green Stuff” 99.5% aloe gel is good stuff too. I apply it after a day in the sun anyway, but when I forget to use sunscreen and get burned, it’s soothing and does almost as good a job as slathering on the gel right from the plant.

    • July 29, 2010 10:39 am

      Thanks, I will have to look into that. I’m in l usually have a hard time finding aloe that I like that isn’t straight from the plant.

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