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So You’ve Got a Sunburn…Here’s What To Do

So You’ve Got a Sunburn…Here’s What To Do

Gaining a golden-brown glow by putting in no more effort than simply spending time in the warm, summer sun sounds like a dream. Who wouldn’t want to bathe in the rays of the sun while relaxing outside? Even with the knowledge of just how harsh the sun can be on humans’ skin, people still choose to tan in the sun on a fairly regular basis. Although this activity is enjoyed by many, it has some drawbacks that can turn this sunny, summer dream into a nightmare.

This story begins with you lying down poolside for some fun with your friends. Everyone is in and out of the water without giving much thought to whether or not you applied your sunscreen. You have indeed skipped that step and opted to tan without any protection from the sun.

Now it’s time to pack up and you’re on your way inside the house when it happens – your skin begins to burn. You reach for the affected area and immediately regret that move. You’ve got sunburn and your skin has become sensitive to touch. You neglected to cover all the exposed areas of your body and equipped with this information, the sun chose to play a cruel joke on you. Your skin is inflamed and you’re in pain, but aren’t sure what to do. Try not to panic: there are some ways to bring you relief.

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1. Start by taking aspirin or ibuprofen

If taken within 24 hours of the sunburn, these medicines will help relieve the inflammation that you’ll suffer as a result of the burn.

2. Apply lots of lotion to your skin

The sun did a number on you, including removing moisture from your skin. Restore this moisture to your skin by slathering on lotion that contains calming ingredients such as aloe vera. It will not only moisturize your skin, but soothe it as well.

3. Cold water helps

Soak a washcloth in cold water and use it on your skin to soothe the burn.

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4. Drink plenty of water

Following sunburn, many people are dehydrated. Be sure to replace the fluids in your body by drinking lots of water.

5. Apply sunscreen

Preventing sunburn is as simple as coating your body with sunscreen that has a high SPF count and avoiding exposure to the sun when its rays are at their strongest, between 10am and 4pm Sunscreen can help even after you’ve been affected by sunburn, though. You should use sunscreen to continually repair your skin.

6. Take a calming bath

Treat yourself to a soothing bath that contains baking soda or oatmeal. This will comfort you as you work to repair the damage that the sun has left behind.

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7. Cornstarch is a good option

Although your skin is tender, you cannot avoid coming into contact with some surfaces such as clothing and underwear. Try using cornstarch on those areas in order to make it easier to feel fabrics against your skin.

8. Look for Lidocaine

Lidocaine is an active ingredient found in many topical pain relievers. When searching for a skin cream or spray to temporarily relieve you of pain, make sure it is one that contains Lidocaine.

It’s understandable that you want an enviable skin tone, one that you can obtain free of cost. After spending all that time in the sun, however, you’ll ultimately be paying a bigger price than you ever would have by purchasing a bottle of self-tanner. Exposing yourself to the sun’s inviting yet harmful rays for prolonged periods of time without proper protection places you in painful predicaments such as dealing with wicked sunburn, and can eventually lead to skin cancer.

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There’s nothing wrong with enjoying time outdoors as long as you are sure to practice safe habits while in the sun. This includes protecting your skin from the sun’s negative effects. You may have suffered sunburn this time, but you’ll survive it and can go on to use this story as a lesson about preserving the health of your skin.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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