Tanning First Aid Tips

Uh, oh! Over did it a little? Here are some special care tips for you.

Heat Sickness – heat stroke, exhaustion and fainting (syncope) can happen when a person becomes too heated and dehydrated. Sunburn may be present, too, but not necessarily. For fevers, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, trouble looking at light (possible cornea burn) see healthcare provider or head to emergency room ASAP.

Sunburns – For sunburns, drink plenty of fluids. And make them clear and cool. Either apply cool (not cold) compresses or soak in cool (not cold) water; don’t use soap since it can dry out your skin, causing more discomfort. Do NOT apply butter or grease or anything like similar to burns, even if you think those old wives tales are worth trying; they’re not because they hold in heat and increase pain.

Products for Sunburns – To help with sunburn pain and discomfort, try adding about a cup of baking soda or a cup of Aveeno to bath water. Moisturizers without alcohol can help with itching, especially aloe vera-based products, which are also helpful for either applying directly to burns or adding to water; check product labels and see which can be cooled first in the refrigerator before applying for more soothing affect.

Blisters – For sunburn blisters, use antibiotic cream and sterile gauze wrappings to keep clean and uninfected. Do not burst or force blisters open.
Check Your Skin

For your safety, regularly check your skin for possible problems areas. If you notice a mole or other spot on your skin with any of the following qualities, contact your healthcare provider for advice and possible testing: bleeding, growth (larger than pencil eraser), uneven edges, flaking or itching.

– Avoid possible skin allergies by not using sunscreen products with PABA.

– Apply lip sunscreen products approximately 45 to 60 minutes before you head outdoors.

– Apply other sunscreen products anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours before being exposed to the sun’s rays, unless directed differently on the package (check application instructions for each product).

– For people with sensitive skin, choose a product with a chemical-free block ingredient like titanium dioxide.

– For fussy children or even for those who just want to make their outdoor activities more fulfilling, check out the variety of sunscreens on the market that are formulated for children. Products come in scented varieties cherry, chocolate and watermelon, and in easy-to-use forms like in nifty spray bottles.

– Avoid alcohol-based products for children, as they can irritate their young skin.