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Quick Guide to Healthy Summer Skin

Summertime means beautiful sunny skies, warm weather and time spent outside. If you live in the New York area, you’re probably going to fun summer events like the Jones Beach Concert Series, the Staten Island Boardwalk Bash, the Ocean Beach Wine and Cheese event and more. This is a friendly reminder to always protect your skin while soaking up the glorious summer weather.

In New York, the average UV index (the sun’s intensity) is highest in the month of June. That means you’re more susceptible to painful sunburns than any other time of year. Also, getting a sunburn means your risk of developing skin cancer increases – one more reason to protect your skin.

So, how do you know if you’ve had too much sun exposure? Here are a few signs to look for:

  • Red, painful sunburn that is sensitive to touch

  • Rashes, itchiness and dryness

  • Damage to the eyes

  • Patches of blisters on or around a sunburn

  • Peeling skin

No one wants to experience the pain from a bad sunburn this summer. But if you do, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease the discomfort and heal faster. Take these tips from the American Academy of Dermatology into consideration:

Use aloe vera

Lotions that contain aloe vera can be very soothing to a sunburn. However, avoid lotions that contain ingredients like petroleum (traps heat in the skin), benzocaine or lidocaine (may irritate the skin.) Ideally, you should go with a topical solution that contains as much aloe vera and as few other ingredients as possible.

Put a cold, damp towel on your sunburn

The cool sensation from a cold cloth will help to soothe the pain. Do this for 10 or 15 minutes a few times every day. Cool showers or baths can also help relieve the pain, but be sure to pat yourself dry afterwards, instead of rubbing.

Take an over-the-counter painkiller

Ibuprofen may help reduce swelling, redness, and discomfort associated with a bad sunburn. Follow all relevant medication directions.

Drink plenty of water

A sunburn is a burn – it naturally makes you dry inside. Drinking water can help rehydrate your body and heal your sunburn quicker.

Don’t pop blisters

If your sunburn gets to the point where blisters develop, don’t touch them or pop them. Leave them alone. They’ll heal quicker and protect you from infection if you don’t pop them.

Protect your sunburn if you go outside

Already have a sunburn, but planning to be outside in the near future? Take extra care to protect your already damaged skin. Wear clothing that covers the burned area. Make sure the clothing is thick enough to block light from coming through.

If you hold it up to a light, you will be able to tell whether it’s thick enough.

Visit urgent care if you feel sick, dizzy, weak, cold, or just not yourself

Sometimes a sunburn can be so bad that it leads to sun poisoning, which can warrant a trip to the nearest urgent care. Be on the lookout for these signs in yourself or a loved one who has recently been sunburn.

Sunburn is no fun, especially when it makes you feel sick. Luckily, clinics like GoHealth Urgent Care are conveniently located throughout New York, so you don’t have to go far to feel better. If you have a bad sunburn and are feeling dizzy, weak or strange, find a GoHealth Urgent Care nearest you today. 

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