LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Protect your skin while you're outside enjoying the sun.
Nurse Practitioner Christy Idle at McLaren Greater Lansing MMP Health Care Associates tells us you can prevent a sunburn by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long sleeves and pants, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
You should also use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and re-apply it every two hours. That goes for overcast days too. UV rays can penetrate the clouds.
There's no quick-fix remedy for a sunburn. Creams and gels with aloe, menthol or camphor can relieve the pain. You can also try anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen.
Staying hydrated will also help.
You don't want to use a sunscreen that's more than three years old because it may not be effective anymore. Be careful mixing sunscreen and bug spray. Deet can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen and sunscreen can allow your skin to absorb more insecticide.