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Welcome to another summer edition of Friday Favorites! We know you've probably forgotten what the sun looks like, but technically today is the first day of summer and we wanted to discuss some sun safety. Last week we wrote about our favorite sunscreens, and we've examined heat safety recently as well, but what do you do if all else fails and you develop that dreaded sunburn? Today we're looking at your sunburn relief options.
When you notice the early signs of a sunburn, your first reaction will be to get into the shade. But what comes next? It's recommended that you act fast to cool the burn with a cold compress, but if you're outdoors you probably don't have a ready source of ice or a freezer for a gel pack. That's where Dynarex Instant Cold Packs come in. These 5 x 9 cryotherapy packs require no special preparation -- just squeeze them to activate the cold-producing chemicals inside! Convenient and portable, these are the perfect options for your first aid kit. Don't brave the summer sun without them!
Treating a sunburn isn't about healing the area -- your skin has to do that on its own -- but about easing the symptoms. And the symptoms of sunburn are some of the most uncomfortable such a seemingly minor condition can cause. Anyone who's had a bad sunburn knows what it's like to lie awake at night with painful, itchy, tingling, hot skin. Solarcaine Burn Gel with Extra Aloe Vera is designed to relieve the symptoms of sunburn, soothing pain while rehydrating dry, cracked skin. Its Cool Aloe formula will ensure you get the relief you need from from even the most uncomfortable sunburns.
Also Available: Solarcaine Burn Relief Spray
Sunburn pain may be uncomfortable, but the itching that sets in while you heal can be infuriating. Doctors recommend a 1% hydrocortisone cream to soothe itchiness, and Aveeno's variety combines superior anti-itch properties with an emollient-rich formula to moisturize the skin as it heals. Natural colloidal oatmeal, Vitamin E, and aloe protect and lubricate the skin, keeping moisture in as you heal. Useful for more than just sunburns, Aveeno's formula is a great choice for relief from other summer hazards like insect bites and poison oak, ivy, and sumac. No matter how you spend your summer outdoors, Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream should be in your medicine cabinet.
One potential complication of severe sunburns is dehydration. Sun exposure could lead to heat exhaustion, fainting, or even heat stroke. This is an even more pressing concern if sunburn occurs in secluded outdoors spots far from medical attention, such as hiking trails and even some camps and beaches. Datrex Emergency Drinking Water is 125 mL of purified water in a covenient, portable pack. Able to be stored up to 4 years, it's the perfect addition to any first aid kit, disaster kit, camp supply, or vehicle.