Sunburns can be very painful and dangerous. With each sunburn you are increasing your chances of developing skin cancer and premature aging. There are rules to follow to avoid a sunburn. It is also essential to understand SPF products and how to use them properly.

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This helps protect the skin from exposure to harmful UVA and UV rays. The number of SPF is the amount of protection it provides. So how do you figure the amount of time it will protect you? Take the number of minutes it takes you to burn and multiply it by the SPF number. The total will be the amount of time the product will protect your skin under normal conditions.

  • Apply a SPF product as necessary from head to toe. Pay special attention to the face and shoulders.
  • SPF should be reapplied after being in the water or heavy perspiration even if the product claims to be waterproof.
  • SPF should even be worn during the winter time and when it is cloudy outside. Powerful, harm rays still come through the clouds and causing the skin to be exposed. So it is still possible to get burnt when cloudy outside.
  • The sun is the hottest at 11am till 4 pm during daylight savings time. Take extra measures to protect yourself during this time.
  • Take cover under clothing or sun umbrellas when ever possible. Wearing long sleeves and pants offer better protection from the sun.
  • When trying to get a tan start out slowly and gradually increase exposure over time.

If you do happen to burn treat it as soon as possible. Use natural pure aloe juice directly from a plant if available. If not try to find an aloe lotion. To avoid the pain of the burn you can take aspirin once you realize you have a burn. Do not take aspirin if you are allergic. Soak in a tub full of cool water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.


Some sunburns might be severe enough to require medical attention.