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The Scoop on Sunburns

One minute you're lying on the beach, the next you're red as a lobster! Sunburns are uncomfortable - and they can also be dangerous. Having just six sunburns in your life can increase your risk of getting melanoma (a type of skin cancer) by 50%! If you've already been burnt (by the sun), here are tips on how to deal. And next time - don't forget the sunscreen!

Get Shade

If you're laying out in the sun and your skin starts to sting or feel sensitive or tender, you're getting burned! Get indoors or in the shade ASAP or cover up with long sleeves, long legs and a hat!

Soothe that Burn

If you're already fried, soothe your skin with a washcloth soaked in cold black tea or skim milk. Sounds weird, but the (ironically named) tannic acid in the tea will calm the inflammation, and the protein in milk will help heal your skin. Aloe vera gel can also help soothe the burn. Another tip: avoid tight clothes as they just make sunburns feel worse.

Drink H2O

Getting a bad burn drains your body of water, so be sure to keep drinking fluids when your skin is burned. Keep a water bottle near you to sip on: it will help the inflamed redness of your burn go down.

Not Too Late to Moisturize

When the peeling starts it can be so tempting to pick and peel away the flaking skin. Try to resist it, because it could cause further damage to your healing skin. Instead, apply a calming and simple moisturizer to the healing areas to aid your skin in it’s renewing process. After your skin isn’t so sensitive, getting a moisturizer with antioxidants in it will help to rejuvenate your skin and keep visible damage from happening.

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When should you apply sunscreen so that you don't end up with blistering burns?
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  • Once I get to the beach.
  • After an hour of tanning - I want to sneak in some sunscreen-less time.
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CoolerThanMyself
I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Corps
Corps posted in Style:
Thank You Mate :)
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Kirsteeeeen
Kirsteeeeen posted in Friends:
Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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Arenl
Arenl posted in Friends:
He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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KittyCheshire
KittyCheshire posted in Friends:
My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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