Posts Tagged ‘sunburn’

Monday, July 20, 2015

For Those of Us Who Don’t Tan ~ Sunburn Relief

We thought this comic about sunburns was adorable and wanted to share – enjoy!

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To see the original cartoon and visit the page over at Good Meme, prescription click here.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where a Healing Cream Can Help

IMG_2059Let’s face it. The skin handles a lot. It protects us from a constant barrage of pathogens and environmental toxins. It provides insulation, regulates temperature and moisture, alerts our brains to different sensations, synthesizes vitamin D, and more. It’s no wonder that people can develop challenging skin conditions – whether those last for a few days or for years. A good healing cream used at the right time can help soothe, nourish and heal the skin when it is dry or hurting.

Here are some of the areas we most see with problems that a good healing cream can often help:

Elbows and heels! Sometimes elbows and heels can be so dry that layer after layer of skin begins building into a lifeless callus. We’ve heard of people applying Vaseline or a good emollient, healing cream to these areas at bedtime then covering them with socks (heels) or wraps (elbows) to let the moisture sink in and soften hardened skin.

Dry skin – anywhere! Most dry skin can be attributed to the environment (including weather, heat, overexposure to sun, harsh soaps and detergents, etc.) certain skin diseases can also rob vital moisture from the skin and dry it out. Some of these include eczema and psoriasis. Particularly in cases where outside factors have dried out the skin, a healing cream can be used to form a moisture barrier, as well as provide deep nourishment and moisture.

We have hundreds of customers who use our cream just for this cause – dry skin. So, we know it’s a problem that lots of people face – particularly during the height of summer and winter, when people are inside with heaters or air conditioning on.

The face, neck and hands! The face, neck and hands are all typically exposed to more sun than other areas of the body. This can lead them to dry out, which encourages the skin to wrinkly prematurely. Using a good healing cream can help keep skin moist and encourage cells to regenerate, which would result in less wrinkles

Any area that has a mild burn! When skin is burned, depending on how bad the burn is, it usually does much better with the assistance of a soothing, healing product. Creams with ingredients like aloe Vera and Vitamin E have been shown to be particularly helpful in calming redness and pain, and helping the skin to heal and recover.

Eczema! Eczema is a skin condition that can have different causes and be quite tricky to heal. Some people have found relief – although sometimes it’s only temporary, with a topical product, while others have found the biggest relief to come from staying away from food or environmental allergens. Some food allergens that people have reported as causing bad eczema outbreaks are kale, eggs, dairy, wheat and broccoli, though there are many more as well. Some environmental triggers can include petroleum based detergents and other chemicals.

Psoriasis! This is another skin condition which can be particularly frustrating. Most people manage it with medication rather than heal it for good.

When have you used a healing cream? Is there anything else you’ve found particularly useful for taking care of your skin and helping it to be as healthy as possible?

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.

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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How To Get Sunburn Relief

sunburnIf you or a loved one has gotten a bad sunburn, you may need sunburn relief. But before we share some great ways to care for yourself in the event of a burn, what is happening to your skin when the red and pain begin?

Causes of Sunburn

A sunburn is a form of radiation burn from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The UV rays affect the epidermis, or outer layer of skin by contacting the melanin, which can only absorb some of the damaging UV rays. Darker skinned people have more melanin, and thus are able to absorb more of the rays and have lesser risk of both sunburn and eventual skin cancer from overexposure to the sun.

At first, the UV light causes the melanin to react, which is why our skin becomes tan. But further exposure to the radiation affects deeper layers of cells in the epidermis and causes damage. This is what causes a burn.

Once this kind of a burn occurs, the burnt layer of skin cells becomes red, hot and may blister. These cells are dying off and our immune system reacts by sending more blood flow to the area. Additionally, the damaged cells also send out chemicals that cause our nerve endings to be more sensitive and to feel painful to the touch.

After layers of skin cells have died in this way, the skin will peel away with the loss of moisture. And the new skin cells that begin to grow underneath need extra protection because they are very sensitive and vulnerable to UV rays.

Tips for Sunburn Relief

So, how do you care for your skin in the event that you got caught out in the sun for to long?

1. Experts recommend taking aspirin or ibuprofen within the first 24 hours after a bad burn to decrease inflammation and get the red out. As we discussed above, the redness indicates damage to the skin cells and by addressing this immediately, you not only provide much needed sunburn relief, but you can help restore the skin’s health.

2. If the pain is extreme, try a spray like Solarcaine that has Lidocaine and will not only help your skin retain moisture, but will also have a pain killing, numbing effect for ailing skin cells. NOTE: If the burn is accompanied by nausea or fever, a doctor should be called immediately.

3. Lather yourself in a good healing cream that contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient like aloe Vera. This will not only ease pain, but will also lock in vital moisture and give you a jumpstart on reducing the chances that your skin will eventually peel, get itchy and flake off.

4. After the pain has subsided and the skin has healed a bit, exfoliate your once-burned skin with an alpha hydroxy acid face wash or with an over-the-counter Retinol cream. This will urge your skin to grow new, healthy cells and increase the production of collagen.

Your skin is precious, so be sure to limit sun exposure in the future and to wear a high SPF sunscreen.