Sunburn used to be considered “no big deal.” Most of us remember a time when we cheerfully fried to a crisp at the beach or in the park then splashed on baby oil or some other ointment that night. Science has shown, however, that this blatant disregard of skin safety can lead, in many cases, to skin cancer.
It is critical that you avoid prolonged sun exposure. Of course, the simplest way to do this is to stay out of the sun, but that is not always possible. You may also use good SPF sunblocks only to find that water, sweat, wind and other factors still cause you to burn slightly. If you have any sunburn at all, the key to undoing the surface damage is immediate treatment.
What Is Sunburn?
Sunburn is damage caused to your skin’s outer layer due to an overexposure to ultraviolet radiation. While this radiation usually comes from the sun, it is also possible to get a “sunburn” from exposure to certain types of lamps and lights that emit high UV radiation.
When the skin is exposed to these high levels of radiation, the top level of living cells just below the epidermis can be killed. This means that instead of sending out a steady layer of healthy protection, these skin cells become damaged and die.
When cells are in trouble, they send pain signals to the brain. This accounts for the pain associated with sunburn. The body also sends plenty of blood to the affected area, causing the skin to turn warm and red. Despite popular belief, the sun does not “redden” the skin; this is caused by the body’s own response as it frantically tries to repair the damage.
If the exposure to UV radiation continues long enough, the skin will be permanently damaged and will slough off as a layer of dead cells. This is known as “peeling.” Skin cancer may also develop from damaged skin cells. Scientists have also shown that exposure to damaging UV rays over time can prematurely age the skin, even if the person is not continually burning or peeling.
How Can I Prevent or Treat Sunburn?
If you have not already gotten a sunburn, limit your initial exposure to the sun. You can also use a highly rated SPF sunscreen to block out UV rays.
However, if you already have a sunburn, it may be necessary to treat the skin itself. EMUAID topical ointment provides soothing, cooling and immediate relief from sunburn pain. Used as directed, it delivers healing from painful sunburn and reduces inflammation caused by over-reddened skin. By promoting healing with all-natural ingredients and rare growth factors, EMUAID helps you undo the damage to your skin that has been done by a serious sunburn.
Taking simple precautions will help you avoid a sunburn. However, if you do become burned, use EMUAID immediately to help counteract the damaging effects sunburn can have on your skin.