4 ways to prevent your next sunburn
For many of us, avoiding a sunburn in the summer feels impossible. For my fair friends out there, it only takes 15 minutes of sun exposure to get one. So what can you do to protect your skin from that next burn? Here are some things you can do to help.
Have Some Shade
The sun is the strongest between the hours of 10am and 4pm. If you’re going to the beach around this time (which most of us do), make sure you have something to block the sun. It could be a beach umbrella or a beach tent, or if it’s your face that gets the most affected, a wide brimmed hat/visor or maybe a face canopy.
Know Your Sunscreen
Not all sunscreens are created equal. Once you find the one that works best for you, apply liberally and often. Check the directions on yours, but it’s usually every 40-80 minutes, or every time you get out of the water.
Drinking lots of water including water-rich fruit like melon, can actually help prevent sunburns because it’s adding extra moisture to your body.
Take Your Vitamins
It’s no replacement for sunscreen, but antioxidants help lessen your chances of getting a sunburn, since sun exposure actually causes free radicals. Here are a few that may help:
Vitamins A, C, & E (found in our Pumpkin + Carrot Antioxidant Oil)
Beta Carotene (also in our Antioxidant Oil)
Lycopene (found in tomatoes)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil, but also found in walnuts and flaxseeds)