MAKEUP RULES: Relief for the burn

July 30. 2014 9:29AM
By Bobby Walsh Weekender Correspondent
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Feel the burn, or in this case don't feel the burn. This addition of Royal Remedies has been created to help prevent and sooth sun burns.
 
When ever we go outside in the summer knowing that we are going to be exposed to the sun for long periods of time, we sometimes remember to put on sunscreen. What we don't remeber is that sunscreen will only protect you for so long before you must reapply.
 
It only takes a few minutes of unprotected fun in the sun to cause that ever uncomfortable sun burn; here are a few household items you can use to protect and treat that nasty burn and also help prevent the damage the burn might have caused.
 
Fat Free Milk: Milk's creamy consistency and protein rich formula will help coat your skin to subdue the discomfort of a new sunburn. Apply cool milk with a soft cloth to the affected area for about 20 minutes every 3 hours.
 
White Vinegar: I know what you're thinking “ew”, yes the smell of vinegar isn't pleasant, but neither is the swollen puffy redness that comes along with a sunburn. The anti-inflammatory properties of acetic acid in vinegar will act as a topical ibuprofen.
 
Green Tea Bags: If you went without sunglasses and now your eyelids are burned; apply teabags soaked in cool water to your lids. Tannic acid in the tea will remedy pain and swelling.
 
Everyone knows it's best to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out (especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.), even if it's cloudy (harmful rays can reach you through the clouds.)
 
Pick a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) between 15 and 30. Sunscreens with SPF 15 protect against 94 percent of the sun's harmful rays, and those with SPF 30 protect against 97 percent. Also, look for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide in the sunscreen to help protect against UVA and UVB rays.
 
Sunscreen Water: It's very important to reapply your sunscreen, it's also important to keep hydrated. Why not kill two birds with one stone and add some SPF 100 sunscreen to a spray bottle filled with water. As you cool off in the sun you are also reapplying that much needed sun protection.
 
Hydration: a sunburn is a burn and when you think of any type of burn you think “water” and you're right, your body will be extra dehydrated from the sunburn. Keeping a tall glass of water with you, all day everyday, until your burn subsides will do much justice.
 
Pomegranates: Are pumped full of antioxidant rich ellagiac acid that create UVA, UVB protection and aid with cell repair from sun damage.
 
Tip: Sunguardsunprotection.com sells an additive with a UPF 30 sun protection that goes into your laundry. It blocks more than 96 percent of the suns harmful rays and lasts up to 20 washes.
 
Trick: When all else fails the traditional aloe plant will do the trick to cool and calm your new sunburn. Just break off a leaf and open, then rub inside contents onto skin.
 


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