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You, The Sun and Your Skin

We all know that we all look better with a tan but do you know just how much damage the sun can do to your skin? Why do I need to know this? The sun will do more damage to your skin than anything else. Sunburned or red skin is a sign of skin damage and should be treated as such.

What is a sunburn?

A sunburn happens when your skin is exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays. A bad burn has a significant impact on your risk for developing skin cancer and can also create aesthetic damage (patches of lighter or darker skin).

What do I need to do? You can manage your exposure in the sun by following these simple rules;

  • Stay out of direct sunlight during peak sunshine hours. Find some shade or stay indoors.

  • Wear light clothing that covers your more vulnerable body areas such as shoulders, chest and neck.

  • Wear a hat or cap to shield your face.

  • Wear a minimum of SPF30 at all times throughout the year, increasing this to SPF50 during hotter weather.

What should I do if I burn my skin in the sun?

A burn created by the sun is very similar to the type of burn you create if you touch something hot and should be treated in the same way.

  • Cool the area down as quickly as possible in a cool shower or bath. This will help to reduce the heat and inflammation in the area.

  • Use an emollient to soothe and rehydrate the skin. Aloe Vera is perfect for this so look for an after sun cream that contains this. Keep it in the fridge to add an additional cooling effect.

  • Anti-inflammatory tablets (for example Ibuprofen) can help reduce the inflammation and ease the pain cause by the burn.

  • Stay away from direct sunlight and allow your skin time to heal.

  • VISIT THE SALON - Inflammation and damaged skin can both be treated with a Soothing Aloe Vera LED Facial. The Aloe Vera will help to soothe and heal the skin, the red light will promote healing and collagen production.

  • Once your skin has healed Vitamin C can help to minimise any harmful after effects.

Other ailments and conditions that can be treated with LED facials are cold sores and inflammatory rosacea - watch out for future blogs or ask for more information.

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