Protect Yourself From the Sun
Sunscreen products were not widely available until the late 70’s. Those of us who were children at that time are full aware of what life without sunscreen was like, in a word, painful. We weren’t thinking of the long term damage those burns were causing, but with skin cancer cases at an all-time high, we are living with the powerful effects of the sun once again.
This year manufacturers of sunscreen now have to abide by labeling rules set forth by the United State Food and Drug Administration. These rules include… Continued from the tips page labeling changes. New labeling will no longer include statements such as “sunblock, waterproof, or sweat proof.” Labeling will include how often a sunscreen will need to be reapplied to remain effective. Also keep in mind that if you have sunscreen older than two years it’s time to buy a new bottle as the sunscreen may not be as effective as it was when it was purchased.
Regardless of the sunscreen you use, you should review the following guidelines put forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. If you do end up getting burned, check at the tips below for treating sunburns.
CDC Guidlines for Sun Safety
Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
Drink plenty of fluids. Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Use sunscreenUse SPF 15 or higher. Look for “blocks UVA and UVB” or “broad spectrum” on the label. Apply liberally (minimum of 1 oz) about the size of a shot glass, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
Apply to all exposed skin. Remember to apply to ears, scalp, lips, neck, tops of feet, and backs of hands. Reapply at least every 2 hours and each time you get out of the water or sweat heavily.
If you are also using bug spray, apply sunscreen first and bug spray second. Sunscreen may need to be reapplied more often. Throw away sunscreens after 1–2 years.
Avoid indoor tanning. Getting a “base tan” before your vacation does damage to your skin and doesn’t protect you from sun exposure on your trip.
Treating a Sunburn
Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen to relieve pain, headache, and fever.
Drink plenty of water, and soothe burns with cool baths or by gently applying cool, wet cloths.
Use a topical moisturizing cream or aloe to provide additional relief.
Don’t go back into the sun until the burn has healed.
If skin blisters, lightly bandage or cover the area with gauze to prevent infection. Don’t break blisters (this slows healing and increases risk of infection). Apply antiseptic ointment if blisters break.
Seek medical attention if any of the following occurs: Severe sunburn, especially if it covers more than 15% of the body. Dehydration High fever (above 101°F). Extreme pain that lasts more than 48 hours.
The Staff at AquaSense Pools
Frisco, TX 74530