- Use zincand titanium dioxide-based sunscreens: they have natural antibacterial and healing properties and clog your pores less than chemical sunscreens.
- Wear big hats and big sunglasses: the more you cover your face with hats and sunglasses, the less sunscreen you need and the less your pores get clogged.
- If you don’t love sunscreen and want some color, remember that the tops of shoulders, chest, backs of the hands, and knees require sunscreen no matter what.
- For those who want no sun at all, rash guards with full-length protection from sun are the way to go.
- Don’t forget to check for ticks!
Summer Outdoors Tips & Tricks
Summer Outdoors Tips & Tricks
When you think of summer you think of the beach, pool parties, BBQs and summer camp, but not irritated skin. The following is pre-sun advice as well as post-sun care and first aid. Read on for dangene’s Summer Outdoor Tips and Tricks, because being fully informed will make it that much easier to enjoy the season!
FUN IN THE SUN BASICS
POISON OAK & POISON IVY
Wash the site thoroughly, then rinse and repeat. Rinsing your skin with cool, soapy water or rubbing alcohol within an hour of coming into contact with poison ivy may remove the urushiol (plant oil), and help avoid a rash — or at least lessen the irritation. Also, wash everything that has come in contact with the plant, especially clothes.
To relieve the pain, itching and/or swelling: apply an ice pack to the bite or sting for 15- 20 minutes once an hour for the first six hours. When not icing the area, keep a cool, wet cloth on the bite or sting for up to six hours. Always use a cloth to protect your skin from direct contact with the ice pack and do not apply ice for more than 15-20 minutes at a time—too much ice exposure can burn the skin! Elevate the affected area to decrease swelling.
Hydrocortisone 1% cream or Calamine lotion may help relieve itching and redness. An antihistamine pill, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton, may help relieve itching, redness and swelling. A local anesthetic spray containing benzocaine, such as Solarcaine, may also help relieve pain. If there is no swelling after the first six hours, you may try applying warmth to the affected area for comfort.
Apply cold compresses or get into a cool or cold bathtub, pool, shaded shower or lake ASAP and soak for 30 minutes if possible.
Moisturize your skin while it’s still damp. Avoid petroleum or oil-based ointments, which may trap the heat and make the burn worse. Reapply often: keep burned or peeling skin moisturized over the next few days.
At the first sign of sunburn, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin can alleviate some of the discomfort and inflammation. Applying hydrocortisone cream as directed for a few days will help calm redness and swelling. Generally considered safe, aloe vera may also soothe mild burns. Wear loose, soft, breathable clothing to avoid further skin irritation and stay out of the sun.
HYDRATING YOUR SKIN AFTER REMOVING YOUR SUN PROTECTION
Summer sun can be very hard on your on your skin, but a customized Skinovation routine and a few of dangene’s tips & tricks will keep your perfect skin looking and feeling its very best from head to toe.
First, drink approximately 100 ounces of water per day. Always moisturize your skin when it’s still damp from your shower or bath. When you come home after a day in the sun, take a shower and thoroughly wash off your sun protection with a gentle, oil-based cleaner like Avène. This is a very hydrating, non-abrasive cleanser that’s perfect for removing sunscreen.
LASSTLY, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY: NOW, GO HAVE FUN IN THE SUN!