WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO THE BEACH!
We thought we'd be going to the beach or outings. Some of us even managed to catch a wave in Tel Aviv before explosions rocked the country!
But life does go on, despite heartache and loss.
Here in Israel or abroad, whether in your back yard or on your roof, hazy days and hazy rays can harm.
If barbecuing, camping, or walking on the beach, remember to take precautions against sunburn! Magazines, billboards and commercials continually push us to buy the best smelling, “cutest” or “most sophisticated” sunscreen lotion.
But what is really safe and who is qualified to make that judgment? Prominent Israeli dermatologist, Dr. Michael Goldenhersh says that the best prevention is abstention. If outside at the hottest times, between 10 am - 4 pm, use protective clothing such as long thick shirts, pants or skirts. Also wear broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses.
In a 2018 report from Environmental Working Group (EWG), they found that nearly 67% of sunscreens didn’t provide adequate sun protection; plus they contained harmful ingredients.
The report also found that sunscreens sold in the U.S. would be outlawed in Europe due to inadequate protection against UVA rays. Despite strong evidence that sunscreens do not prevent skin cancer, many manufacturers’ use of suggestive language implies their product does indeed prevent it. And they usually “get away” with that!
Dr. Josh Axe lists safe sunscreen selections here: https://draxe.com/beauty/best-sunscreens/
Despite all precautions, what should we do for a bad sunburn?
-Apply honey or ground white potatoes.
- Use a moisturizing cream, aloe or olive oil often, to prevent skin from peeling.
- Wear loose, cotton clothing and drink a lot of room
temperature water to prevent dehydration, peeling and dryness.
Checklist for your next outing:
✓ Check your sunscreen’s expiration date.
✓ Take plenty of water, protective clothing, a hat and sunglasses with you.
✓ Apply safe sunscreen 1/2 hr. before you go into the sun.
✓ Re-apply sunscreen every two hours while swimming or sweating.
✓ Move to the shade every couple of hours to check for burns.
Three years ago, a seminary girl called us after she suffered a whole week in bed with sunburned legs that turned purple. Thinking there was safety from harmful rays, she was shocked to discover that hazy days are no safeguard from painful sunburns!
Before that next outing, plan ahead. We can totally prevent sunburn or minimize effects.
Have you seen our Immediate Response to Burns flyer?
Click here: https://cmburnfoundation.com/?s=Immediate
Wishing everyone a peaceful, safe, and sunburn-free summer. Chaya Malka, Director
Chaya Malka Burn Foundation
HOTLINE: 972 587 627 954
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.