Posts Tagged ‘sunburn relief’

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Funny Sunburn Relief Spoof

Watch this short video for a quick laugh in the middle of your day. Of course the humor is at the expense of kind strangers, but it’s all in good fun and we appreciate how these people managed to make sunburn relief a funny thing. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Some Comic Sunburn Relief

Some Comic Sunburn Relief…

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Thanks to hellawella for this image.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Why You Need Sunburn Relief in the First Place

IMG_0130Why is it that the whiter your skin is, the greater a chance you have of getting burned and needing sunburn relief when unprotected under the sun’s rays? If you are caucasian and have fair skin, you probably started the season out with very pale skin, then if you slowly got a tan bit by bit, you will be better able to handle the sun for the rest of the summer. Whereas that first time out, your white skin was in real danger of becoming burned.

What causes this?

First let’s learn a bit about how the magnificent organ of our skin actually works. The basic function of the skin is to create an intelligent boundary between your inner workings and the outside world.

In order to perform this function, the skin must be relatively tough (for an organ) and be able to shed layers that get damaged by the environment. There are two main layers. The first, or outer layer, is the epidermis and the second, or deeper layer, is called the dermis. The epidermis is responsible for providing the most protection from the outside world, while the dermis can provide important, complex functions and contains the mechanoreceptors (sense temperature and pain), oil glands, nerve endings, hair follicles, connective tissue, and so on.

There are capillaries in the fatty layer beneath the dermis, which branch into the dermis and not only provide it with nourishment, but also help to cool the body from heat. Interestingly, the outermost skin layer (epidermis) has no direct blood supply of its own and can only be nourished and supported by the dermis.

There are a variety of nerve endings which are found in the dermis. They each can alert the body about different sensations such as temperature, pressure, itching, and pain. These nerve endings are vital to helping you stay safe from abrasions, burns, collision, etc. by sounding the alarm if your skin senses danger.

The outer layer, or epidermis, is made up of four layers. The inner layers are living, and the outer layer is dead. Interestingly, it is the dead layer that we’re actually looking at when we see someone’s skin. But it’s quite thin. The cells on this layer are always flaking away and being replaced by new cells that die off from deeper inside the epidermis.

One of the living inner layers of the epidermis is the malpighian layer. The reason it’s important for us to get so technical here is because not only does this layer give rise to the dead cells of the epidermis, but it is the place affected by the sun when we go outside.

Within the melpighian layer are basal cells and also a type of cell called a melanocyte. This second cell creates melanin, the pigment that colors our skin when we get a tan. When our skin is exposed to sunlight and develops a tan, the melanocytes increase their activity and produce more melanin, or color. When someone has naturally darker skin, however, their production of melanin is ongoing – regardless of sun exposure, and so they will have more pigment year-round than a fair skinned person.

When these melanocytes are damaged by too much UV radiation, the cancer called melanoma can develop. In darker skinned people, the melanin is protecting their melanocytes from UV radiation and thus protects them from needing sunburn relief or from getting cancer as well.

When people with light skin get a sunburn, they have an increased blood flow to the affected area of the skin (creates redness and swelling), which is triggered by DNA damage and inflammation. The process increases the cancer risk for anyone who has developed a sunburn and needs sunburn relief.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sunburn Relief Stories

Star colorWe’ve all spent too long in the sun or forgotten to cover some area of our body with sunscreen and needed major sunburn relief. What are your most comical stories from when the sun got the better of you? Here are some fun ones some of our users have shared:

I got terrible burns when I was 9 in Jamaica. It was late afternoon and I was on the beach with my dad and we both dozed off. A few hours later, after being beat on by the sun and the UV rays reflecting off the water, I was bright red. By nighttime I was in agony. I had to spend the rest of the vacation in a cool bathtub and taking aspirin for sunburn relief. It hurt to touch anything and everything. After the pain began to fade, I started peeling off huge layers of skin. I know this sunburn is where I got many of my freckles.
~ Chris

A few years ago we visited the local water park during a heat wave. Great idea! I had forgotten to reapply sunscreen after we went swimming, so all my protection wore off and I wasn’t thinking about the water reflecting the sun. My nose and shoulders got burned so badly I couldn’t even wear a shirt for three days afterwards.
~ Emily

Last summer I was hanging out in my neighbor’s backyard on a lovely summer day and fell asleep with my iPod resting on my leg. You guessed it – that night, my legs were burned, except for a shocking little white patch where the iPod had been. My husband still teases me about it.
~ Laura

I spent too much time outside last week and wound up getting a burn on my shoulders and chest. My bra strap hurts, the seatbelt hurts, everything. Luckily I just found a good cream for sunburn relief and plan to use it tonight. Hopefully I can ease the pain and also help repair my skin!
~ Margaret

My WORST sunburn ever was the summer after my freshman year in college. I was mowing lawns to earn some extra income. This one day I had spent over three hours on the mower and hadn’t even thought to put sunscreen on my hands. I was holding the steering wheel all day so my hands were getting tons of sun. I think the pain lasted almost a week after that. And every time I tried to shower and wash my hair, the warm water would send my hands to agony.
~ Anthony

My first time in Mexico, I didn’t realize how much stronger the sun was than in New England. We didn’t take it seriously the first day and spent the rest of the vacation blistered and looking like lobsters.
~ Marie

These stories are great reminders about how easy it can be to forget to protect ourselves from overexposure to the sun. It’s always better to protect our skin than to need sunburn relief after the fact.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Sunburn Relief

If you ever stay in the sun too long and aren’t able to get immediate sunburn relief, here are some common household items that might help. Thank you, WonderHowTo for the graphic.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunburn Relief and Skin Cancer

Dr. Susan Jewell discusses the importance of skin protection from the sun and why to avoid needing sunburn relief in the first place.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Few Places You May Need Sunburn Relief

file0002054422162If we wear sunscreen, most of us know where to apply it: face, shoulders, back, arms and legs. But there are a few places that dermatologists and doctors see more sun damage than others – and this is because we have some places on our body that we don’t readily realize needs sunscreen (or sunburn relief) just as much as others.

Here are a few places you’ll want to be sure to apply sunscreen (or provide sunburn relief to) this summer:

The Scalp!
This is especially true for bald men, and for men and women with thinning or fine hair. Try a non-greasy sunscreen spray to make application easier. Then rub in.

Top of the Ears!
Don’t forget the top ridges of your ears. The skin is incredibly thin and can burn quite easily. If you’re going to pull your hair back or wear a baseball cap, your ears won’t be protected from the sun’s rays, so be sure to cover them with sunscreen.

Your Lips!
We often don’t think of our lips as needing sun care, but the definitely do and can become burned and chapped quite easily. Some chapsticks and lip balms have UV protection built in, so look for those then apply often because you’ll likely remove it every time you eat or swim.

The Edges of your Clothes!
Sometimes we wear plunging necklines, V-necks, or button downs that expose a large amount of our chest, but we forget that those areas need protection as well. So be sure to cover your throat and chest with a quality sunscreen to avoid odd-looking sunburns and the need for sunburn relief.

Back of Neck!
This is especially true for men and women with short hair because their is nothing to cover this area of skin. When you’re getting ready to head outside for a jog, beach day, boat ride, etc. remember to give some attention and protection to the back of your neck as well.

Back of the Knee!
Many of us apply sunscreen to our calves, knees and thighs, but completely forget about the back of our knees. This is really common if we apply sunscreen while sitting down since our legs are bent. If we do any sunbathing or just warming ourselves belly-down on the warm sand after a swim, the back of our knees are exposed to the sun. Getting a burn behind the knee can make walking quite uncomfortable so this isn’t an area we want to forget.

Back of Hands and Tops of Feet!
These two areas are often forgotten about, which is why we often see older people with age spots on the backs of their hands. This is an area wear sunscreen would easily be washed off quickly, and the same goes for the tops of the feet if someone spends time wading along the shore or in the shallow end of a pool. It’s easy to burn these two areas, so you may need to apply more sunscreen or cover these areas more than you may realize.

Friday, January 17, 2014

What this Doctor Says About Sunburn Relief

This doctor has treated many patients who needed sunburn relief. Take a look here at what he has to say about both prevention and aftercare:

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunburn Relief – 10 Craziest Folk Remedies

file9021344553210We have never tried any of these and so cannot attest to whether they work or not. But we thought they were fun to learn about. If you have any experience with these folk remedies for sunburn relief, please let us know in the comments section. We’d love to hear about it!

1. Shaving cream – Some people recommend using shaving cream on sunburned skin because of the menthol and other skin cooling agents. The idea is it can cool skin down and numb the pain a little.

2. Fruit – There are people who encourage using apricots or strawberries on red, painful skin that’s been in the sun too long. Apparently the tannic acid in the strawberries can help take the sting out of sunburns. Mash up the fruit and slather it on affected areas.

3. Honey – Sweet tooth’s everywhere would approve of this method. Honey is said to have skin healing properties which may make it an effective, but sticky way to provide sunburn relief.

4. Egg whites – Really!? The recommendation is to beat egg whites to a foam, then slather it on sunburned skin and sleep through the night. It’s supposed to take the ouch away. It sounds pretty smelly and messy to us.

5. Potato – They say to take one potato and put it in the blender, then apply the starchy mixture to your skin. This is supposed to take some of the heat out. Could work, as people often recommend following up hot, spicy foot with something starchy for the same reason.

6. Vinegar – This is a method of sunburn relief that sounds counter intuitive. The suggestion is to mix half vinegar with half water, then soak a towel in it and blot on painful areas of skin. We would be afraid that the acidic vinegar would hurt already sensitive skin, but some people swear by it!

7. Noxzema Facial Cream – This one is a throwback to the 80’s. We used to use Noxzema for everything. Remember that smell?

8. Aloe Vera – You could find this in a healing cream or take it directly from the plant and apply to skin.

9. Black Tea – Some people brew the tea, then toss the tea bags and cool the liquid before soaking a small cloth in it and applying to ailing skin. The idea is that acids in the tea help cool and heal skin. Proponents recommend giving enough time for the skin to really absorb the tea.

10. Milk – They say that applying skim milk can cool skin, while a protein in the milk can reduce pain and discomfort. Could be worth a try!

If these sound funny, or if you’ve heard of any of these folk remedies actually working, do let us know!!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three Ways to Prevent a Sunburn

sunburn pWhile a certain amount of sun each day can enrich our sense of wellbeing and help our bodies produce valuable Vitamin D, no rx we also know that overexposure to UV rays can lead to different forms of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. So, we figure it’s better to avoid a sunburn altogether and to circumvent the need for sunburn relief entirely. But how do you avoid sun damage besides lathering on tons of sunscreen repeatedly throughout the day or by staying indoors and missing all the summer fun?


We’ve scoured the Internet to find what people are recommending, and we’ve found that it is possible to have some summertime fun while still taking great care of your skin. Here are a few ideas we came across.


1. Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late in the day. We all know the pain of falling asleep in the midday sun, or getting caught outside at high noon without a hat. The sun can be searing at that time. And experts tell us that our chances of getting a sunburn go way down after 4pm. So, if you’re planning to go to the beach, weed the garden, take a hike or do yoga in the park, try to schedule these things outside of the hours of 10am-3pm.  Your skin will be much better off and you’ll completely avoid the need for sunburn relief after getting burned.


2. Cover your body. Even a sheer fabric can add some light protection from the sun. Whenever possible, when you’re outside in the summer sun, wear a hat, put on a light cover up over your shoulders and thighs, or stay in the shade. The less skin exposed to the sun for a prolonged amount of time, the better.


3. Use a mineral based sunblock like zinc oxide. You’ll have to really rub it in because it’s bright white. But don’t let that stop you. And remember those hard-to-reach places like the back of your neck, the back of your knees, your elbows, and the tops of your ears. If you’ll be wearing sandals or flip-flops, be sure to give your feet a good slathering of sunscreen also.


4. Protect your eyes. While too much sun on your eyes wouldn’t require you to use any kind of cream or salve for sunburn relief, your eyes still can hurt a lot after being exposed to the bright rays for too long. Get yourself some good sunglasses and wear them while driving, playing and relaxing outside this summer.


If you do these things, your body will thank you and you’ll have far less damage and risk of getting cancer. You’ll also maintain your look of youth for far longer. We’ve all seen that leathery appearance people get when they’ve spent year after year under the sun’s harsh glare. So do what you can to protect your body by limiting your time in the sun and caring well for your skin.