How To Properly Prevent, Treat, And Heal A Sunburn

Sunny days and leisure time lead many to choose outdoor activities for a day's rest and relaxation. They go for long walks, go to the beach, biking, rollerblading, canoeing and kayaking. However, many forget to do the simplest thing possible to make sure that their day ends happily rather than painfully. It is important to practice sun safety because excessive sun exposure can not only cause a sunburn, but also skin cancer. A sunburn can occur on any exposed skin and can happen on any sunny day, even in wintertime because of the reflective nature of snow. Likewise, when on the water, the sun's rays can be reflected off the surface of the water.
Slop on the sunscreen (preferably 30 SPF or higher). Slap on a hat. These simple practices can prevent sunburn if you do them regularly.  However, when you are on the go, and an opportunity to enjoy the sun with friends comes up, it's sometimes hard to remember to do that as you're rushing out the door. So here are some tips to help for when you get a sunburn.

Low-Level Sunburns

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A low-level sunburn can be hard to identify because it does not necessarily, at first, look burnt. The skin may look a bit darker, but the burn can take some time to show up. Typically, a burn that is developed during the daytime will be most visible by evening. This level of sunburn may appear simply red and flushed, but more severe sunburn can also have inflammation and blisters. All burns are classified into three degrees of burn.

A first-degree burn is one that only affects the top layer of the skin known as the epidermis. It looks a little pink and might feel a tiny bit tender. This type of burn can be treated by applying ointment to help the skin heal, which should take a little under a week.