Remember that sun is very good for you and your skin. Sunlight, for example, converts cholesterol into vitamin D. Like everything else in life, it is the excess that does the damage!
South Africa – a Sunburn Prone Climate
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, South Africa, more than one-third of adults and nearly 70% of children admit they’ve gotten sunburned within the past year.
What is Sunburn?
Sunburn is a form of radiation burn that affects living tissue, such as skin, that results from an overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun. Sunburn is caused by both UVA and UVB rays.
Usually, normal symptoms consist of red or reddish skin that is hot to the touch, general fatigue, and mild dizziness. In severe cases, swelling and blisters may even occur.
Your skin is injured, and are losing the much needed water or moisture to the environment (also called trans-epidermal water loss). As a result, it will lose its ability to protect you from the environment.
A few days later, your skin will start peeling and itching as your body tries to rid itself of sun-damaged cells.
How fast will Sunburn Occur?
The rate at which sunburn occurs depends on your skin type, the sun’s intensity and how long you have been exposed to the sun. For example, a blonde haired, blue eyed person sitting in the South African summer sun will be more prone to sunburn that a person with a darker skin type being exposed to the winter sun.
Sunburn versus Sun Damage
Sunburn is the most obvious sign that you’ve been sitting outside for too long. But sun damage isn’t always visible.
In addition to the almost immediate signs and symptoms of sunburn, the ultraviolet radiation of the sun also damages molecules in the skin, most importantly DNA.
Although the body does have mechanisms to repair this damaged DNA, as the frequency of sunlight exposure increases, so, too, does the probability that some of that damage will escape repair.
This leads to premature ageing of the skin, but worse, this mutated DNA may eventually lead to skin cancer.
How To Prevent Sunburn
Sunscreen is widely agreed to prevent sunburn and some types of skin cancer, and should even be applied on overcast days. Sunlight reflected from sea water, sea sand, and snow or even sunlight through the clouds on an overcast day can be just as harmful as direct sunlight. UV is actually higher on a semi clouded day due to refraction.
You can also wear sun-protective clothing and avoid the times when the sun’s rays are at its strongest mid-afternoon.
Silverlab Sport After Sun Liqui-Gel for Sunburn
Silverlab Sport After Sun Liqui-Gel with Silver Repair™ is a crucial product for sports enthusiasts and sun lovers for providing immediate relief from redness, inflammation and pain associated with sunburn.
The Silver Repair™ in the After Sun Liqui-Gel targets the sunburn in 3 ways:
- Relieving reddened, inflamed skin,
- Easing pain; and
- Promoting healing
Other Ways To Treat Sunburn
- Apply cold compresses to your skin or take a cool bath to soothe the burn
- Stay hydrated
- Stay out of the sun until the sunburn has healed
- Do not use any form of soap or cleaner on your skin during bath or shower times
- Gently remove dead, peeling skin cells WITHOUT pulling the skin off
When To Consult A Doctor For Sunburn
- High fever, extreme pain, headache, confusion, nausea or chills
- Sunburn blisters covering a large part of the body
- Dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, dizziness, and fatigue, which are signs of dehydration