Skin Lotion

Soothing Sunburns

What to do if you get too much sun

Summer fun often means boating on the lake, swimming at the seashore and playing sports outdoors. But even the most protective sunscreens, if not applied properly or frequently enough, can mean you or your kids can wind up looking like a lobster.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advises taking the following measures to soothe a sunburn:

•    Put a cool, damp towel on your skin for 10–15 minutes.

•    Apply a moisturizer with aloe vera or soy.

•    Drink water to stay hydrated.

•    Don’t pop or pick at blisters.

•    Use sunscreen and cover up to protect your skin while it heals.

Remember: Any sunburn indicates damage to the skin from ultraviolet radiation. Repeat sunburns can set you up for skin cancer later, so always protect your skin when out in the sun.