How to treat Sunburns for Men

We recently wrote about shirtless running for the purpose of getting a tan and last week we talked about artificial spray tanning. It’s only natural for us to spend the time talking about sunburn, how it happens, what can be done to prevent it and what can be done to heal it.

The sun provides us with light and hence daytime but it also provides us with non-visible ultra-violet and infrared rays. The infrared is what warms our bodies. Exposure to the sun is healthy in that it supplies us with much needed vitamin D – too much exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful and can also lead to skin cancer, wrinkles, burns, etc… Men are generally most vulnerable to these harmful rays between the ages of 30 to 35 while women are most sensitive between the ages of 25 and 30. It goes without saying that when going out into the sun, using a sunscreen (SPF 30+) is a necessity. This will help minimize damage from the sun while also helping you get the tan that you may be looking to achieve.

The darker your complexion, the more melanin your skin carries and the less likely you are to burn under the sun as compared to those with fair complexions. The ultra violet rays tend to damage the melanin in our body and cause the skin to burn. The sun can damage one’s skin just as hot oil can. The rays will cause the drying and burning of skin and can even lead to blisters. Most sun burns will heal after a few days but severe sun burns may take longer. If you have been burned while under the sun, using Aloe Vera or similar moisturizing lotions can help treat your skin. Advil can also help reduce swelling that may have resulted due to the burns – avoid giving children Aspirin as this may lead to Reye’s syndrome (although rare it can be fatal). Once the skin is burned, it will eventually peel and new skin will replace the old. The new skin will be darker and it can take a few weeks for your natural colored skin to re-appear.

When going out, it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight during periods where ultra violet rays are at their worst (around noon-hour). In the even that you do get burnt, a cold shower (without soap) can help sooth the skin before applying antiseptic lotions or moisturizers. Drinking more water can also help prevent de-hydration (it also goes without saying that too much water can also be harmful – moderation please) and will also help your body get enough hydration to places that need it the most. If blisters do form, apply antiseptics and cover the affected areas with a gauze. Band-aids should be avoided as they will stick to the skin and will be painful and damaging to your skin especially when the time comes to remove them. Finally, if you are burnt, do avoid direct sunlight until your skin has healed. While the tips in this article will be helpful, consulting your physician is the best way to understand what precautions you should take to be safe so be sure to talk to your health care professional.

Happy Tanning,

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