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First Sunburn of the Season Is OK, Right?

The recent warmer weather has inspired many people to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. For many of those people, this is the first taste of sun their skin has seen since the long Winter. I've heard many women say that they always get one bad sunburn in the beginning of Spring, and then they tan for the rest of the Summer. Since they think it's inevitable, they believe there's nothing wrong with it.

Your skin is extra sensitive to the sun's rays at first, especially if you have pale skin, but that doesn't mean you should just let it burn. Just to remind you, any amount of sun exposure poses an increased risk for the development of skin cancers and accelerates the aging process, but sunburns, especially repeated sunburns, pose an even stronger risk. So make sure to apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outside, and reapply it every two hours to prevent sunburn and keep your skin protected at all times.


zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I meant sunblock, not sunscreen. Baseball games can be brutal 3+ hours in direct sun, i will always use and take sunblock from now on.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
Last weekend I went to a baseball game and forgot to put sunscreen!!! Not good! I got a sunburned face especially my nose :-(.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
I read that a tan is sun-damaged skin anyway. I can't understand the desire to let your skin burn or damage itself. It's tragic.
chub0t chub0t 8 years
I always burn no matter how much sunscreen I use. I avoid outside at all costs (at least when the sun is out).
Allytta Allytta 8 years
this used to happen to me in my mid teens. i haven't really gottent the whole sunscreen idea yet. and i'm so sorry. now i don't even dream of going out outside for 20min without sunblock. i'm so obssesed :) but maybe wearing sunblock all the time since being 20 will make up for the damage i have cast upon myself. argh...
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
sunburn is a sunburn is a sunburn. and they're all bad. lol. no matter what i do, when it's sunny outside i wear sublock and a hat... and somehow i have already managed to burn. :\
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
Sadly I've already gotten a bit of a sunburn. I was sitting outside earlier this week, and though I put sunscreen everywhere I could reach - legs, arms, shoulders - I wasn't able to reach part of my back and no one was around so I got burned. That was Monday and it's already mostly turned to just tan now.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I have really pale skin and always (try) to put sunscreen on everyday, but every year I get a burn somewhere. It's usually on places under my clothes that I missed or forgot to reapply (very important)
Advah Advah 8 years
I burn so easily that now I put on sunscreen every morning before I leave the house. Now the weather is definitely getting sunnier and warmer, I'm going to have to start carrying my sunscreen in my bag to reapply before having lunch in the garden. :P
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've never heard that the first sunburn you get is OK, but I try to never get ANY sunburns because I don't exactly tan. I burn, then it all peels off and I'm still pale. I just use the fake tanner and use a sunscreen anyway. My dad and my father-in-law have both had skin cancers removed and I'm very careful about my exposure now.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I was out in the sun both Saturday (moving apartments, ugh!) and Sunday (volunteering) this past weekend and was a FANATIC about my sunscreening, and didn't get sunburned at all. and I not only am on topical medication for acne (which makes you even MORE susceptible to burns), but I have extremely pale Irish skin. I am so proud of myself for NOT getting "the first sunburn" -- my goal this year is NO sunburns
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
Ack. I sat outside to eat lunch and do some writing on Wednesday (it was such a GORGEOUS day) and ended up with lower arms, chest and below-the-knees TOTALLY burned. It's still quite red 48 hours later... stupid, stupid, stupid!
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