Get Some Sun Today! 7 Tips for Less Painful Sunburn

The idea for this blog came to me after noticing how many people, who should know better, get sunburned every year. I decided to try and help those people by writing a short (this post is only two pages long) blog post that would explain some simple steps on how to avoid getting sunburned in the first place.

Treatment for sunburns is also a big problem. People underestimate the degree of pain that comes from sunburns. They might not realize how much it hurts until they get one themselves. So its important to understand that if you are reading this, you have been warned! It’s better to prevent a burn than have to treat it.

It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and to practice safe sun habits. But did you know that most people can get a perfectly healthy, natural suntan?

While tanning beds are not recommended, getting some sun every day may be one of the best things you can do for your health.

Here are some tips to keep in mind this summer:

1. Put on sunscreen with broad spectrum protection with an SPF of at least 15 and UVA/UVB protection every time you are in the sun. Reapply at least every 2 hours.

2. Wear a hat, cover up with clothing and seek shade during peak hours of sun exposure (10 a.m.-3 p.m.).

3. Use extra caution near water, snow or sand where reflection off the surface increases your exposure.

4. Check the UV index forecast from NOAA’s National Weather Service for UV levels each day at a specific location in your area prior to going outside for extended periods in the sun, especially if you have any special skin conditions (e.g., fair complexion, freckles, moles).

5. Apply moisturizers with sunscreen on a daily basis to help prevent dryness and premature aging of skin and lips

There are three basic kinds of sunburn, and the only one you can do anything about at home is the mildest kind, where your skin reddens a bit but doesn’t itch or feel painful.

The other two are more serious: pain and blisters, or pain, blisters, and fever. If it’s bad enough to cause blisters — obviously a sign of second-degree burns — get yourself to a doctor as soon as possible.

You can help prevent sunburn with sunscreen or clothing. But getting sunburned severely once is a much better lesson than getting it mildly once a week for six months. So be careful not to go beyond the point where you’re starting to burn; if you do go too far, stop, cool off, and try again tomorrow with more caution.

The first tip is to not get sunburned. Wait, I know it’s warm outside and you have plans to spend the day at the beach, but there are other ways to enjoy your summer. If you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time, which includes being out on the water where there is no shade, wear sunscreen! This may seem obvious but it’s something that a lot of people forget or simply refuse to do because it feels like a hassle.


Sunscreen is like sunscreen, so make sure you’re using sunscreen with enough SPF for your needs. SPF 15 blocks about 94% of UVB rays and SPF 30 blocks about 97%. The higher the number, the more protection you’ll get! If you’re having a hard time remembering to apply sunscreen throughout the day there’s a few different things you can try:

First of all, make sure the sunscreen you buy has an expiration date. According to the American Academy of Dermatology if your sunscreen has expired you should throw it out and buy new. Also make sure that if you have a bottle (or tube) of sunscreen that it isn’t opened until ready for use – exposure to air can cause the chemicals

One of the most popular questions we get asked about is how to prevent a sunburn. Is there a sunscreen that works? What about avoiding the sun altogether?

We can’t say it enough: The only way to avoid a sunburn is to avoid being in the sun. Some people are fairer than others, and some people’s skin will burn easier than others. But everyone’s skin burns eventually.

In fact, if you’re outdoors long enough, no matter what precautions you take, you’re going to get some degree of burn. If you want to be out in the sun for more than just a few minutes at a time, you need to make sure that your skin isn’t going to burn. So let’s talk about how to do that!

Here are seven tips for how to prevent a sunburn when you’re out in the sun:

1) Stay in the Shade

Seriously! If you’re going to be outside for more than just a few minutes, stay in the shade.

2) Wear Protective Clothing

If you’re outside during the day wearing light clothing (like shorts or a tank top), wear protective clothing like long pants and sleeves. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat or an umbrella to protect your face

It’s that time of year again when we’re all outside soaking up a good amount of sun. At least for this northern girl, I sure do love the warm days and fun-filled nights. But you know what I hate? Sunburns!

I always get burnt at the beginning of the summer. Of course, your skin does need some time to get acclimated to the sun’s rays again after winter. But I’m not talking about a little redness here and there from a day spent outside. If my nose and cheeks don’t match the color of my eyes, I consider it a bad burn.

Here are 7 ways to prevent sunburns:

1) Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day, even if it is cloudy or overcast. The best sunscreen is one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher. If you don’t wear sunscreen, you are literally asking for trouble since sunscreen helps prevent sunburns.

2) Be aware that sun exposure is cumulative. So even if you didn’t burn yesterday doesn’t mean you won’t burn today. You should still reapply sunscreen throughout the day (every two hours if possible).

3) Use a

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