Wednesday July 17, 2019
Spending lots of time outside in nature is one of the best parts of summer. But summertime also has lots of dangers for your skin. Good thing Hawaiian Organic Noni is here to help! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing all kinds of ways that our Noni lotions and Noni Fruit Leather can keep your skin and muscles healthy this summer.
Today, we’re covering the most common type of summer skin damage: the sunburn. Here are some facts you might not know about sunburns.
What is Sunburn?
Sunlight is made up of radiation and heat coming from the sun in the form of electromagnetic waves. It is a combination of mostly infrared, visible, and ultraviolet (UV) light. These waves bring us light and heat, which we need to survive on Earth. A lot of the sun’s most intense rays are blocked by Earth’s atmosphere, but plenty of all three kinds of light get through.
Being exposed to sunlight is good and bad for the body. Exposure to UV light from the sun helps the body make its own Vitamin D, but too much sun can damage the DNA of skin cells, resulting in sunburn.
Did you know? Sunburn can occur in less than 15 minutes of sun exposure, but you’re unlikely to see the signs right away.
Symptoms can include:
- Pink or red skin that is hot to the touch
- Pain in varying degrees
- Peeling as the skin heals
- Very severe sunburns involve blistering, nausea, fever, and worse
- Normally, sunburns appear 2-6 hours after exposure to the sun, with the worst pain during the 6-48 hours after the burn. Peeling, itching, and lesser degrees of pain can last for several weeks.
Because of the severe damage the sun can do to your skin, preventing sunburn is very important.
Immediately Before Sun Exposure
- Wear sunscreen! Particularly on your face, but anywhere skin is exposed
- Cover your skin with clothing as much as possible while staying comfortable
- Put on a hat with a brim to protect your face and the back of your neck
- Put on sunglasses—your eyeballs can get sunburned too!
- Reapply sunscreen 15-30 minutes into sun exposure
- Reapply if you sweat, swim, or might have rubbed sunscreen off
When to be Extra Cautious
- Between 11am and 3pm, the sun’s rays are most direct
- In the summer, the sun is also more direct
- At high altitude, there is less atmosphere to protect your skin
No matter how careful you are, pretty much everyone gets too much sun sometimes. If you notice your skin starting to turn pink, or if you’ve been out in the sun unprotected, taking action quickly can help minimize the sunburn.
First, get out of the sun, right away! Drink plenty of water, as you may become dehydrated. Cold compresses or a cool bath can help reduce inflammation. Avoid greasy lotions, as these can actually slow down the healing by trapping heat close to the skin. Water-based lotions, like our Noni Lavender Lotion, soothes and hydrates the skin without trapping heat.
Small changes lead to big results! I plan to make one small change to better my health each month for 2019.
Last month, we discussed that your body naturally cleans and detoxes itself. Although liver and kidneys do an excellent job, your skin also takes part by sloughing off old skin cells revealing fresh new healthy skin cells underneath. Eating a raw, whole food, clean diet feeds your body from the inside out.
Small change for July 2019: Sufficient Vitamin C
Vitamin C also helps repair and regenerate tissues, protects the heart against disease, aid in the absorption of iron, and decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides.
How much vitamin C do we need?
Infants 0-6 months old, 40 mg per day
Infants 7-12 months old, 50 mg per day.
Toddlers 1-3 years old, 15 mg per day
Children 4-8 years old, 25 mg per day
Children 9-13 years old, 45 mg per day
Male teens 14-18 years old, 75 mg per day
Female teens 14-18 years old, 65 mg per day
Adult Men, 90 mg per day
Adult Women, 75 mg per day
Pregnant women, 85 mg per day
Breastfeeding women, 120 mg per day
Remember: You body is your home. If you don’t maintain it…. Where will you live?
Aloha from everyone at Hawaiian Organic Noni!