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Sunburn

Everyone should enjoysome sunshine but too much sun can spoil the fun--and cause permanent damage to your skin. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Everyone should enjoysome sunshine but too much sun can spoil the fun--and cause permanent damage to your skin. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Block harsh rays

    Prevent sunburn by wearing protective clothing, by frequently applying sun block with a high sun protection factor (SPF), and by staying in the shade when the rays are strongest

  • Apply topical antioxidants

    Try formulas containing 2% vitamin E, 5% vitamin C, 0.02% to 0.05% selenomethionine, 1% to 2.5% melatonin, and/or 10% green tea polyphenols to boost the protection from traditional sunscreens

  • Add tomatoes to your meals

    Gain the protective benefits of the antioxidant lycopene by consuming tomato-based foods and drinks

  • Supplement with antioxidants

    Fortify your body in the short term with antioxidants that defend against harmful ultraviolet rays; take a daily supplement containing 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C, 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin E, 6 mg of natural beta-carotene, and 6 mg of lycopene during periods of high sun exposure

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.