Summer Skin Care: 3 Hacks to Help Treat & Prevent Sunburns

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By: Olivia Schneider | Teresa Strasser Posted: 12:41 PM, Jun 22, 2018 Updated: 2:32 PM, Jul 5, 2018

Sunburns are a nightmare! And if you don’t prep for the sun, stay vigilant all day, or take care of your skin afterwards, they’re bound to happen. We spoke to skin care expert and owner of We Do Men Spa Stacy Grondhal, who’s sharing tips om how to beat the burn.

1. Pre-Sun Care 

It all begins with prevention. As a skincare expert and skin cancer survivor, Stacy feels passionate about sunscreen. She recommends applying a shot glass size of sunscreen to your body every few hours, and says sprays are very controversial. “Because even when you use a spary, you technically still need to rub it in,” she explains. And when it comes to powders, the more layers, the better. 

You can also layer sun protection with things like makeup setting sprays or scalp sprays with SPF. Just be sure to really check what ingredients are in them. A Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide are automatically going to be a better format for a sunscreen, and you’re going to get a broad spectrum of protection of UVA (which ages you), and UVB (which burns you).   

2. Smart Protection in the Sun  

Ashley explains how UVF, or ultraviolet protection factor, is dictated by color. So, if your clothing is white, you’re going to have less protection. And if it’s dark, you’re going to get better protection. You can use things like detergents that can wash into your clothes and make them protective. But the best protection is still wearing layers, and remembering to get areas we might forget about, like the bikini area, ears and hairline. 

3. Natural After-Sun Care 

Finally, remember that skin care continues even after the sun goes down. And if you do get a sunburn? Here’s what you can do after the fact. You can put cold milk on the burn, because the proteins in the milk help calm down the skin. Another option is green or black tea because the tannins are pain relievers. And finally, you can do oatmeal baths but of course not hot baths.  

The sun makes flowers bloom and gardens grow, but it can also be dangerous on your skin if you’re not careful. So, use this as your go-to guide to make sure this summer is free of burns and nothing but good times! 

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