Sunburn Cheat Sheet

School’s out for the summer! Summer-time calls for fun-in-the-sun time, and we all know moms can hardly get their kids dressed before they rush outdoors to play with their siblings and friends. Whether your family plans to hit the beach, lake or pool, we know that every mom does all she can to prevent the nightmare of having her kids get sunburnt. In honor of No Burn Day on July 3, as your Comfort Company, we want to offer you these tips to prevent those scary sunburns.

  1. Dress in sun-proof clothing. Great clothing options for longer periods of exposure to the sun are light, long-sleeved cotton shirts and pants, sunglasses that absorb up to 400 nm UVV, and 4-inch brim hats that cover ears, neck, eyes and scalp.
  2. When it comes to sunscreen, labels are a good thing. Before you pack last year’s bottle, stop and check the expiration date. When you’re picking a new bottle up at the store, a good rule of thumb is to buy sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF, but always remember that you need a higher SPF when you are near water, at higher elevations or in tropical climates. Helioplex and Meroxyl SX are considered the best sunscreen ingredients to protect against UVA UVB rays.
  3. Not all skin is created the same, and neither is sunscreen. Match your skin type with the proper sunscreen to get maximum protection. For dry skin, use a cream or lotion-based sunscreen. Gel sunscreen is best for an oily skin type and also works well in sandy environments. Avoid using spray sunscreen in a windy environment, and make sure it is applied evenly on all exposed areas.
  4. Pucker up, sunshine! Don’t forget the lips! A lip balm with at least a 15 SPF will save your lips from being burnt or developing cold sores. Neck and ears are often forgotten about too, so be careful not to leave them out.
  5. Just in case… If there is a spot or two missed, here are some interesting natural treatments you can try. Apply oatmeal, cornstarch or yogurt to affected areas. You can also mix a cup of fat-free milk with four cups of water and a few ice cubes to apply every twenty minutes. Beware of blisters – if they start to appear, visit your doctor for further consultation.

While there is definitely merit in soaking up some sunrays to increase Vitamin D intake, proper prevention procedures will lower you and your child’s risk of sunburn and decrease the chances of skin cancer and wrinkles later on. Take comfort knowing you and your family is safe with these precautions.