Summertime is the best time of the year for most people, the kids are on summer vacation, the adults get to go out on weekends and enjoy activities in the sun. BUT it is all fun and games until someone gets sunburn.  Use these tips and tricks to beat the sun while you’re having fun!

How Sunburn works

The sun emits three types of UV rays:

  • UVA
  • UVB
  • UVC

Unfortunately for us 2 of these rays (UVA, UVB) are the ones that cause sunburn. Our skin can only handle so much radiation at a time; Once we pass this threshold we get sunburn. Sunburn should not be taken lightly, severe conditions  of sunburn can include:

  • Sun poisoning
  • Cancer
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • death

How can I prevent Sunburn?

Some easy ways to prevent sunburn is to understand your skin type. If you have a habit of burning quickly or frequently look to get high SPF sunblock. When laying out in the sun or “tanning” be sure to re-apply sunblock every 15-20 minutes as well as rotate your body so you don’t get too much exposure on one part of your body. Be aware of the UV index on the sun as well! This can be checked by using the weather app on your phone!

If you feel you need treatment for sunburn come on down to Doctors express today! Walk-ins are welcome!