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Summer Skin Part 2: Treating Sunburn and Preventing Sun Damage

By: Lola Frailey Thursday July 16, 2015 comments Tags: natural skin care, natural sunburn treatment, noni for sunburn, scopoletin

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.  Noni lotion can keep your skin healthy this summer.

This time, we’re covering the most common type of summer skin damage: the sunburn. Here are some facts you might not know about sunburn, and how to use noni to heal and protect your skin from sun damage. The results? Healthy, youthful skin, for many years to come.

What is a 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 it also damages the DNA of skin cells, resulting in sunburn.

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.

What are the Long-Term Effects of Sun Damage?

The long-term effects of sun damage can be much more severe than a few days of pain. Because the sun damages the DNA of your cells, it can put you at higher risk for three types of skin cancer:

  • Melanoma
  • Basal-cell carcinoma
  • Squamous-cell carcinoma

The risk of developing melanoma increases the more times you get sunburned. If you get sunburned 5 times in your life, your risk of melanoma doubles, and continues to rise with each burn.

Frequent sun damage can also cause your skin to age prematurely, resulting in leathery, wrinkly, and permanently discolored skin.

Preventing Sunburn

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!

While in the Sun

  • Seek shade as much as possible
  • 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
  • If you have been sunburned recently

Long-Term Sun Protection

There is evidence to show that a diet high in certain dietary antioxidants, including Vitamins C, E, and A, can protect against some degree of UV exposure. This only works when these antioxidants are a part of your diet over a period of time.

Hawaiian Organic Noni Fruit Leather is extremely high in antioxidants. Eating just a small piece of Noni Fruit Leather each day can repair and protect against sun damage, fine lines, discoloration, and other common forms of damage from UV rays.

Note: Noni is NOT a sunscreen replacement!

What to Do If You Get a Sunburn

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, won’t slow the healing. They hydrate the skin without trapping heat. Noni Lotions also help relieve the pain of the sunburn and reduce the long-term sun damage.

In Lavender Noni Lotion

  • Scopoletin: Pain relief, anti-inflammatory
  • Vitamin C: Erases age spots, prevents future sun damage
  • Antioxidants: Reduce breakdown of collagen and fats in skin, free radicals
  • Collagen: Reduce wrinkles and

In IcyHeat Noni Lotion

  • All the same benefits of Noni Lavender Lotion
  • Plus cooling from added camphor oil and menthol crystals

Here’s another tip: if you “missed a spot” with sunscreen and have one small area that’s burned pretty badly, try putting Noni BioBandage on it! The formula stays on your skin, to deliver pain relief and healing more intensely for a longer period of time.

Testimonials

We have countless testimonials of awesome healing from sunburns and sun damage through Noni.

Here’s a testimonial we’ve had on our site for a long time, from Dana Baca.

"I was told about the Noni Fruit Leather. Of course, I bought a pack, but wanted to store for our trip home. Since we have been home, and taking 'one inch piece' each and every day, the results have been amazing. Not only for his knee, but his skin. His skin has a lot of Sun damage, (real bad BLACK sun damage Spots). Now the Sun spots are turning WHITE and disappearing. Thank you, Thank you for God's Gift to this earth and making a pure product."

 

“Gubby Loves The Noni Lavender Lotion” on her Horses and Herself

“Hi, this is Gubby, and I live on Kauia.  I just wanted to mention how that the Noni Lavender Lotion and the Noni BioBandage have been used on my horse and the horses stabled here on the island.  We’ve had great results using them on wounds, or if the horses have any saddle sores or fly bites.  We put that BioBandange on and, boy or boy, that stuff lasts for a day or two, easily, and it’s very healing.  The skin grows back, the hair grows back and the horses aren’t bothered by flies during the healing process.  I’ve use it on my horses feet a great deal.  He had a cut to the bulb of his frog, and it’s healing beautifully, and it’s all I used.  I didn’t have to use any antibiotics.  The other thing that I love about the Noni products is that they are not, in any way, shape, or from harmful to the environment.  I can put it on my hands.  If I ate it, it wouldn’t harm me.  As far as the Noni Lavender Lotion, I have had fantastic results.  I have people ask me about my skin.  I have lived in the sun all of my life, and the Noni Lavender Lotion is working beautifully on helping my skin.  Even takes some of the dark spots out!!”

Gubby from Kauai, Hawaii

If you’d like to hear more success stories, you can visit our website or contact us. People all over the world have benefited from Noni’s ability as a natural sunburn treatment, and they have been since the ancient Polynesians began using it as a topical skin treatment.

Keep some Noni Lavender Lotion on hand this summer in case you’re exposed to too much sun, and keep checking back for other ways Noni can protect your skin this summer!

Have you ever used Noni as a natural sunburn treatment? What were your results? Let us know in the comments!

Lola Frailey

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