Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Skin Care: Sunburn SOS

During the summer there often comes a moment when you look at your skin and notice a subtle—or dramatic—shift in pigment in areas exposed to the sun. Whether it’s on your arms and legs after a long day at the beach, or on your back and shoulders from an afternoon working in the yard, the fact is that sunburns* are the often painful result of too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Think you’re more safe using a tanning bed? Think again, because as the Skin Care Foundation points out, a tanning bed's artificial rays can be just as harmful as the sun itself.

Of course, your first line of defense is to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time, drink plenty of water, and slather on a hefty dose of sunscreen like glo therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+. But here’s what you can do if your skin does become inflamed.
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Resist the urge to agitate peeling skin so as to reduce the possibility of scarring
  • Apply cold compresses to the affected areas

Product Recommendations:

Daily Defense SPF 30+: Sheilds against a broad-spectrum of UV rays with a smooth finish.

10% Vitamin C: A lightweight serum that utilizes antioxidants found in ascorbic acid to slow skin-cell deterioration caused by exposure to environmental hazards. Also aids in collagen production and tissue repair.

Advanced B5 Hydration: A lightweight serum that includes the eight organic compounds found in Vitamin E to provide exceptional nourishment and hydration to parched skin.

Barrier Balm: A thick moisturizing balm that makes peeling and flaking skin less noticeable. It can also be used on lips or on any other area prone to irritation.
*If you notice burns over a significant portion of your body, or your sunburn is accompanied by fever, nausea, or chills, please consult your doctor.
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