Be Careful When Worshiping the Sun
One of the things that can really put a damper on your summer is over exposure to the sun’s rays. At the beginning of the season many try to get their skin into a tanned look as soon as they possibly can. The people that worship the sun are many in the beginning. They peel off their outer layers and plop down on a beach with nary a worry in the world. You may hear some say “Oh, I never burn, I just tan” or maybe “I can sit in the sun for hours and it has no effect on me”. Those are some famous last words from some of the people now hidden under huge floppy hats and covered to the chin during the rest of the Summer.
Sunburn is the most prevalent of summer skin problems. Just like any burn there are 3 stages to this, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns.
First Degree – This is where the skin is a nice hue of pink or red and yes it can happen on any type of skin no matter how much melanin is involved. It will feel hot and stings to be touched even by clothing. Cool creams and water will reduce the pain, but can actually feel cold and make you shiver since your nerve endings have been scarred.
Second Degree – This is the stage where small blisters appear raised up on the skin. It’s usually on the back or shoulders and needs some immediate attention. Pealing of the skin happens from here and can be very painful and bright red.
Third Degree – When you have pushed yourself to a 3rd degree sun burn you now have raised water filled large blisters with skin eruptions. This is very dangerous and can cause infections that may be life threatening. Please seek medical treatment right away.
All stages of sunburn are dangerous and can cause side effects such as fever, nausea, flu like symptoms, blistering, skin loss and aging skin as well as eczema, dehydration, burns, infection, shock from fluid loss, and even death. This is not something to be glib about. Sunburn is a serious problem and with the reduction of the ozone level more cancerous rays come through than years before.
Now excessive sun, especially over and over again exposure can also lead to skin cancer. This is also not something that can be taken lightly since any cancer can cause additional problems when not promptly treated.
Always use some skin preparation that has a minimum of SPF15. Only get sun in the early morning hours or late in the afternoon. Avoid during 10:00am to 2:00pm as these are the most powerful rays of the day. Be leery of cloudy days as the sun’s effect can cause sunburn here too. If you happen to have a skull that has no hair, take care and use a hat. That hair protected you in most of your youth and now it’s like a new born bottom.
I’m sure you’re wondering what a post like this is doing on a fitness and weight loss blog, but this makes a lot of sense if you’ll bear with me. You see as anyone gets themselves a little smaller in body size and much tighter within their own skin, the natural inclination is to show off that new physique in a lot less clothing than you may have previously donned. The skin that was part of the excess you used to carry around was usually covered by whatever emotional reason. Now that you’ve dropped some weight, that skin most likely hasn’t seen the sun since you were a kid. It has a new and shiny property and needs even more protection. Hey however you get your vitamin D, make sure you protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun.
Photo courtesy of Victoria-Ann