If there’s one thing we appreciate as Chicagoans, it’s the sun. After months of gloomy cold weather we try to soak up every single ray that we can.
And the sun has many benefits – it can improve your mood, give you a vitamin D boost, or get you outside and active.
But the sun can also be dangerous. We’ve put together a few tips for you to stay safe this summer while still enjoying the Chicago sun.
Use a body lotion with sunscreen
Using sunscreen every day or every night when you moisturize, even if you don’t plan on being in the sun that day, or even if it’s a rainy day, can help your skin. The sunscreen builds up in your stratum corneum and makes your skin less likely to burn. So the more often you apply sunscreen or lotion with sunscreen, the less likely you are to burn. But don’t be fooled – just because your skin will have some sun protection build-up does NOT mean you should go without sunscreen for a day at the beach.
Use sunscreen that’s oil free
One thing people hate about constantly wearing sunscreen is the breakouts, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Purchase an oil free sunscreen; one that doesn’t clog your pores, and you shouldn’t have a breakout problem why you apply.
Always use water-resistant sunscreen at the beach, even if you’re not swimming. You can easily sweat off your sunscreen, even if you’re not doing physical activities or swimming, so be sure to use water-resistant sunscreen for a day at the pool or beach.
Treat your burn
If you do get sunburned, don’t just let it heal on it’s own – help your skin repair itself. Put ice and aloe on the burn as well as hydrocortisone cream. Also take some aspirin or ibuprofen because sunburns most often come with swelling.
Scrub your face
Don’t forget about your lips
Many people don’t think about their lips burning until they wake up the next day with red, swollen, chapped lips. It might be one of the worst summer sunburns. Make sure to check your chapstick for SPF before heading out for a day in the sun!
Mosquito bites still happen in the city
Some people think that because we live in the city there aren’t any mosquitos. But if you plan on going to the beach in the evening, or attending a nighttime event at the park – you will definitely see a few mosquitos. Be sure to keep some bug repellant around just in case. Also, if you do happen to get a few of those itchy bites apply an ice pack and hydrocortisone cream and try your hardest not to itch.