Sunburns cause a number of basic symptoms. Knowing its causes (generally due to excessive exposure to the sun), helps to know how to avoid it.
With the arrival of summer, the good weather arrives and with it the desire to know how to get a tan, and to achieve a beautiful and excellent natural tan.
For this, the most convenient thing is to know what are the best hours to sunbathe, and to know what is the most appropriate protection factor according to our skin type.
But, sometimes, especially when the basic advice is not followed when caring for the skin, we burn ourselves, causing annoying sunburns to appear.
Sunburn is understood as the reddening of the skin, which usually occurs after both exposures to the sun and other types of ultraviolet light.
In relation to the first signs that tend to appear when we have been burned, as we will see later in the section dedicated to the symptoms of sunburn, these are usually red and sensitive skin, skin peeling in burned areas, and blisters. that develop hours or days later.
In some cases, the first signs of a sunburn may not appear for a few hours.
Symptoms of sunburn
- Red and sensitive skin.
- The skin feels hot to the touch.
- Blisters that can develop hours or days after we have been burned.
- In some cases, the so-called “sun allergy” can occur, which causes a skin rash, or fever, nausea and chills.
- The skin peels several days after the sunburn.
Causes of sunburn
There is no doubt that the main cause of sunburn, as its name suggests, is excessive or unprotected exposure of our skin to the sun.
Explained in a somewhat more exact way, a sunburn occurs when the degree of exposure exceeds the ability of melanin (the body’s protective pigment) to protect our skin.
How to avoid it:
There is no doubt that the best way to avoid the annoying and dangerous appearance of sunburn is through exposure to the sun at the recommended times (before 10:00 in the morning, and then after 4:00 in the afternoon)., and above all with the adequate protection factor.
It is no use putting on a protective cream before sunbathing and then not renewing it after a certain time has passed or, above all, when we take a bath.
The most appropriate thing is always to avoid sunbathing from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, and use a suitable protective cream according to the type of skin we have.
Apply sunscreen half an hour before sun exposure begins, and always try to renew it every two hours, or at least every time you take a bath.