Family with daughter (7-9) and son (11-13) building sandcastles on beachSUMMER is the season when we all tend to spend more time outdoors, which undoubtedly means more time in the sun.
It also means a greater risk of skin damage occurring, which means a sensible approach to dress should always be adopted when spending time in the open air.
Skin damage can occur after only 12 to 20 minutes’ exposure to sunlight.
Whether you’re just walking to the shops, hanging out the washing or enjoying summertime leisure activities, you must always be mindful of the damage the sun can do to your skin.
To avoid premature ageing of the skin, wrinkles and the possibility of other skin damage, such as cancer, it is essential to wear a sun screen, and keep covered up as much possible, when exposed to the sun.
Cool, long-sleeved cotton shirts or blouses and slacks are a must, and also comfortable to wear in hot weather, and a suitable, wide-brimmed hat will help to protect facial skin.
If you get caught out in the sun and suffer sunburn, it is important to drink plenty of fluids and herbal teas, such as rosemary and lemon grass, to reduce the possibility of dehydration. The stinging, soreness and pain can be eased from the affected area with any of the following first aid measures.
– Apply aloe vera leaf juice straight from the plant to soothe and ease sunburn. Waterlily leaves and stems will also give relief.
– If nothing else is handy you can dab milk on to affected area. Yoghurt is also effective.
– Thin slices of cucumber laid on the skin and held in place with a loose bandage will also ease stinging and give relief to painful areas.
– You can cover the burned area with a paste made from bicarbonate of soda and water.
Severe cases of sunburn should always be referred to your health practitioner or local medical centre.
If you are only suffering a mild sunburn, you can ease the stinging and prevent further moisture loss from the skin by applying the following natural lotion.
Mix together 50ml of glycerine, 40ml of aloe vera juice and 10ml each of wheat germ oil and jojoba oil. Store the lotion in a tightly sealed bottle, shake vigorously before use, and apply generously to the affected areas of the skin.
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