Skin Condition: Sunburn
The Problem: Sunburn
Sunburn is a burning of the skin from overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light. Your body protects itself by producing more melanin (dark pigment) that gives you a tan. Depending upon your skin’s genetic makeup, many people do not produce enough melanin for maximum protection. Severe sunburn can cause blisters, swelling, fever, headache, weakness and nausea. A sunburn may take days to fade and damaged skin begins to itch and peel. Sunburn can increase your risk for skin cancers, rough and dark spots and wrinkled skin. And, you eyes can get sunburn, too.
It’s important to learn about the ABC’s of UV light so you can protect yourself against sunburn. UV light causes DNA damage and genetic mutations. UV light has three types of wavelengths: UVA, UVB and UVC. Don’t worry about UVC light as it does not reach the earth. However, UVA and UVB penetrate your skin and can cause skin damage. UVA light is most associated with skin aging. UVB light is the wavelength associated with sunburn. 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds, so you can still get a sunburn on cloudy days. UV rays can be reflected off of water, sand and snow, burning your skin as much as direct exposure. And, UV light is stronger at higher altitudes.
There are many risk factors for sunburn:
SUNBURN FROM TANNING BEDS AND SUNLAMPS
If you think getting a tan is safer in a tanning bed or by using a sunlamp, think again. Tanning beds along with sunlamps produce the same UV light and can cause skin cell damage and sunburn.
SUNBURN FROM LIGHT SKIN AND FEATURES
People with fair skin, red hair, blonde hair, light brown hair, green eyes or blue eyes have less melanin and are more likely to burn (and get cancer) from sun exposure.
SUNBURN FROM HIGH ALTITUDES AND THE TROPICS
The South Pole has a seasonal hole in the ozone layer allowing more UV rays to come through. Australia, the skin cancer capital of the world, is close enough to cause more skin damage to people living in this country. In addition, sunny destinations closer to the equator deliver more sun-burning UV rays per minute of exposure. The same goes for high altitudes. As you ascend to higher ground, UV light increases four to 10 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Radiation from UV light can be 50 percent more at 9,000 feet up.
CANCER FROM A HISTORY OF SUNBURN
A person’s risk for skin cancer is increased when they have had a history of sunburn. According to the 2015 Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard study, participants who experienced one to four blistering sunburns from age 15 to 20 had about a 60 percent greater chance of developing melanoma than those who had no serious sunburns during those years.
SUNBURN FROM MEDICATIONS
Photosensitivity is a change in the skin induced by chemicals that makes a person sensitive to light. Certain supplements and medications are made up of ingredients that may cause photosensitivity. If a person who is photosensitized is exposed to UV light, they may develop a sunburn, rash or other adverse effects. It is important to note that the intensity or duration of light that would normally not affect the person, may now affect them adversely because they are photosensitized.
Common drugs that may cause photosensitivity include some cholesterol-lowering drugs, certain antibiotics, antipsychotics, ibuprofen, antihistamines and antidepressants. Research your medications or ask your pharmacist if the medications you are taking cause photosensitivity and take precautions to protect yourself.
The Solution: Ultra Essence Skincare Products
Avoid the sun’s strongest rays, which are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you get a sunburn, stay out of the sun until you are healed. Avoid sun lamps and tanning beds, which expose your skin to UV rays. Drinking plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated. Learn more about your medications and if they increase your sensitivity to the sun. When you are outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing and don’t forget UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses. And, most importantly, wear a daily water-resistant broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or more and contains natural ingredients to protect, moisturize and soothe the skin. Broad spectrum means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. This is a very important feature of sunscreen that will give you maximum protection so you can take the next step towards healthy, beautiful skin.
Ultra Essence skincare products are paraben free, gluten free, non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), and hypoallergenic. They are formulated with natural ingredients that end dry skin forever, relieve skin conditions and reverse the signs of aging.
The following Ultra Essence skincare products are dermatologist recommended and very effective for sunburn.
- The main product we recommend from our skincare line for sunburn is Ultra Sun Safe, our 5-in-1 sunscreen: 1. Moisturizes 2. Hydrates 3. Firms 4. Soothes 5. Protects. Ultra Sun Safe is the best SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen/sunblock lotion with aloe vera and calming botanicals for effective UVA and UVB protection. Ultra Sun Safe moisturizes while it heals and protects, and is safe for baby and kids. It’s natural ingredients, such as shea butter, coco butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and grapefruit seed extract work together to refresh and restore skin. Its rich formula is water resistant and non-greasy—your skin feels velvet to the touch. Our hydrating formula is sweat resistant, will not run and sting your eyes, and absorbs quickly into the skin. It has no visible film and will not flake when dry to enjoy every daily activity in the sun.
“Thanks to Ultra Sun Safe I don’t worry about my children and the sun. I know they’re well protected all day through all of their activities. At the beach or pool, when they go in the water this sunscreen lasts and doesn’t have to be reapplied over and over. This sunscreen is the best I’ve ever used and it’s certainly one less thing to worry about.” ~ Sheila Donaldson, Baton Rouge, LA
- In addition to Ultra Sun Safe, we also recommend Ultra Balm (or Ultra Handy Man for men). Ultra Balm is our signature daily moisturizer and a customer favorite for over 15 years. Ultra Balm’s non-greasy formula does not clog pores. It contains lanolin, vitamins A, D and E, grapefruit seed extract and aloe vera to repair skin cells that have been damaged by the sun, pollutants and the body's own aging process. These natural ingredients fight against acne to reveal a more clear, youthful-looking complexion. Ultra Balm is long-lasting and is formulated to moisturize the face and body without a greasy feeling that stays on the surface of your skin. Ultra Balm soaks right in as the skin welcomes the nutrients it needs to stay milky soft and balanced. Ultra Balm is proud of its formulation that maintains a PH Level of about a 6.0 helping to keep your skin healthy.
“This is my second order. My Mom is using your product to offset side effects of chemotherapy. Ultra Balm is giving her great relief, just like the nurse at Sloan Kettering suggested it would. She has gotten a burning red rash on the bottom of her feet from the chemo and she finds your product has helped tremendously. We don’t know what we would do without Ultra Balm. My Mom is sharing her secret weapon with other cancer patients.” ~ N. Kaplan, Nurse
- We also recommend Ultra Facial Cleanse. Its non-greasy formula moisturizes and cleans at the same time. Ultra Facial Cleanse is non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores or dry your skin out. Dermatologist recommended, Ultra Facial Cleans nourishes, cleans and hydrates the skin to give you, not only clean skin, but healthy skin, too. It contains safflower and coconut oils, both known for their anti-aging properties and to assist with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. It's also a wonderful makeup remover! The water used in all of our skincare products go through our multi-million dollar water purification system to guarantee that what goes on your face and in your skin is not only effective, but also safe and non-toxic.
“I love this face wash (Ultra Facial Cleanse). I have really sensitive skin and this does not bother me. I have actually had some people ask me what I am doing because my face looks so good!!” ~ Michelle W.
The above suggested remedies and recommendations are for cosmetic purposes only. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Talk to your health care provider or dermatologist before taking any Ultra Essence natural skincare product with any prescription or over the counter drugs (including any herbal medicines or supplements) or following any treatment or regimen.