Health Hints: How to Avoid or Ease a Winter Sunburn

How to avoid (or ease) a sunburn

Temperatures may be cooling off, but the sun can still affect your skin, especially if you visit a warmer climate. If you take a vacation this winter, or if you’re just spending more time outside, soak up enough Vitamin D without getting scorched using these tips.

489348045Sunscreen: This will always be on our list of outdoor essentials, any time of year. Look for something travel sized so that it’s always within reach. Women can find face lotions and cosmetics with up to 30 SPF for a multipurpose solution.

Lip balm: A brisk wind combined with bright sun can mean dry, cracked and painful lips. Always carry lip balm this time of year, and look for those containing SPF or other medication for extra protection.

Layers: Thin, light layers can protect your skin from getting burned while keeping your body temperature ideal this time of year. Keep in mind that lighter colors can help reflect the sun to keep you even cooler, while darker colors will feel warmer.

466324417Head gear: From straw hats with floppy brims on the beach to sporty visors on the golf course, hats can be your own personal fashion statement as well as a way to protect your face and neck from the sun. Think about the activities you’ll be engaging in when choosing your head wear.

Get burned? Check out these home remedies to soothe your skin:

177777168After-sun lotion and products containing aloe vera are common in drug stores and supermarkets throughout the summer, but may be less available during the cooler months. If you do get sunburned this season, try these home remedies to help ease your pain.

Cool water: Take a cool shower or bath, or place a cold compress to your skin. For an added boost, apply cool milk to the skin with a clean cloth, or add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath.

Tea: Brew some black tea and let it cool. Use a clean cloth to apply tea to skin. This aids in restoring pH balance and also draws heat from the skin.

187299858Cucumbers: Chill cucumbers, then mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply to affected areas including the face. The natural antioxidant and analgesic properties will help your skin.

Oatmeal bath: When sunburns begin to heal, they can become itchy. A soothing oatmeal bath is especially helpful at this stage, and can also help cool the skin.

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