Our Dallas Hot Shot Deliveries team loves a lazy day at the lake as much as any other Texan. Relaxing on the boat or kayaking on the smooth water are great ways to pass the summer. Unfortunately, all too often we come home with a little lake souvenir- in the form of a hot, painful sunburn. That’s the kind of parting gift I’d rather leave behind!
According to the CDC, nearly 70% of children and 33% of adults admit to a sunburn in the last year. We know the symptoms of a sunburn (red and “angry” skin), but what exactly is a sunburn. Fitting for our Texas heat, the Dallas Hot Shot Deliveries team has the answer.
A sunburn is the result of overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, specifically UVA and UVB rays. These rays make it all the way from the sun and penetrate the skin’s layers. While we know that we’ve been outside too long because of our red skin, the real damage is done on the inside. UV rays can actually alter your DNA, causing your skin to age prematurely. Of course, nobody wants to be old and wrinkly before you should be old and wrinkly, but that’s not even the worst of what UV overexposure can do. The DNA damage can actually lead to skin cancer, which can be life threatening.
Nobody likes dealing with the effects of too much sun. The good news is this kind of damage is completely preventable. The Dallas Hot Shot Deliveries guys and gals have some hot tips for staying safe this hot summer:
Slather it on- One to two ounces of SPF 15 every day will do the trick. If you’re going to be outside, up the SPF and reapply every 2 hours.
Time it right- Try and resist the sun between the hours of 10am-4pm when the sun’s rays are the most damaging.
Cover up- Loose, light clothing that covers the main burn zones such as shoulders, face, and back. A wide-brimmed hat will help, too.
Sport shades- The sun also can damage your eyes, causing cataracts in later life, so wear those shades proudly.
With our busy lives and tons of summer activities, prevention isn’t always done properly. Even the Dallas Hot Shot Deliveries team forgets to follow their own advice every once in a while. When sunburns do happen, there are a few things you can do to make yourself a little more comfortable:
Take a bath- 2 tablespoons of baking soda added to cool (not cold, not hot) bath water can soothe a new burn
Compresses- Cold packs or a cool wash cloth can ease the pain.
Aloe Vera- Burn gels can take the sting out of a burn. For an added coolness, refrigerate the gel before putting it on.
Hydrate- While recovering from that burn, make sure you’re drinking water to replenish what you’ve lost in the sun.
Moisturize- Burns dry the surface of your skin, which is needed to repair itself. Prevent drying by applying moisturizer right when you get out of the shower.
Stay out of the sun- Stay inside until your burns heal. Additional exposure can make them worse and increase the time it takes to heal.
Our Dallas Hot Shot Deliveries team wants to remind you that the risk of skin cancer doubles with just five sunburns. Unfortunately, nearly half of the population admits to getting a sunburn at least once a year. Get out and enjoy yourself this summer, but take the proper steps to protect yourself against the sun’s rays while you’re having fun.