The American Cancer Society recommends Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap when it comes to sun protection:
- Slip on a shirt. Darker colors actually provide more protection than lighter colors. If you can see through the fabric, UV rays can get through it, too.
- Slop on sunscreen. Most medical groups recommend an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Slap on a hat. This will help protect your scalp, as well.
- Wrap on sunglasses with total UV protection to protect the eyes and skin around them.
Perform at least a monthly checkup of your skin to note changes and make an appointment with your physician or dermatologist if you notice any new or unusual growths or changes in conditions of existing growths.
If you do suffer sunburn, use the following home treatments:
- Apply cool compresses to sunburned areas or take a cool bath or shower
- Apply aloe or moisturizing lotions and creams to sunburned skin
- Use ibuprofen for swelling and pain
- Leave blisters intact. You can lightly cover them with gauze.
Seek medical treatment if there is severe, excessive pain, redness, swelling, a high fever and blisters.