The bikini season is coming and soon it will be time to head to the beach!
But do you practice safe sunning?
Last week, the CDC released a study revealing that “young adults” (men and women ages 18 to 29) don’t always practice safe sunning.
In 2010, half of all adults ages 18 to 29, and 65 percent of white people in this age group, reported that they were sunburned at least once in the past year, the report said.
In addition, about a third of white women reported using indoor tanning in the past year.
Both sunburn and indoor tanning increase the risk of melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Indoor tanning before age 35 increases melanoma risk by 75 percent, the CDC says.
But even if you’re more diligent than the average beach goer, accidents do happen. Knowing how to treat a burn can minimize pain and damage done. Here’s what to do if you do slip up:
- Take two ibuprofen right away.
- Jump in a cold shower or layer bags of frozen peas over the area.
- Gently dab 1 percent hydrocortisone cream on the burned skin.
- Moisturize diligently with a fragrance-free after-sun lotion such as Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion—they contain soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and aloe.
- Remember how much sunburns suck and don’t get one again!
I’m sure you don’t want to increase your risks of skin cancer, right? So, practice safe sunning!