It's summer time! The sun is out and so are you. After a long, dark winter, it's easy to spend too long outside without sun protection.
The primary step in sunburn treatment is prevention. Limit time in direct sunlight without protection to 10 to 20 minutes a day. Use a topical sunscreen (the Environmental Working Group has a fantastic Guide to Sunscreens). If you plan to be out for longer, wear a hat and clothes that cover your extremities.
If you're already burned, several topical remedies can provide relief:
Clinicians at Bastyr Center for Natural Health can also tailor a treatment for your specific needs.
Finally, keep the affected area clean and pat dry (no rubbing) with a towel after bathing. It’s also important to stay hydrated out in the hot weather. Take a refillable water bottle with you when you leave the house.
— By Justin Steurich, ND, naturopathic doctor and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.
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