What you can learn from your burn
Denver is rich with outdoor activities in the summer months. But due to its high altitude, people are at greater risk of sunburn. Why? Because there is less protective atmosphere filtering the sunlight before it gets to your skin.
So take extra care when going outside in the Mile High City. If you end up getting a little too much sun anyway, there are some ways to make the pain less severe and prevent further damage. There are some interesting methods that can relieve the pain of your sunburn, like soaking the skin in green tea.
Learn from your sunburn
How easily you burn is, of course, a factor of how light or dark your skin is naturally. Knowing how much exposure you can take without sunscreen helps you judge how much protection you'll get from sunscreen with various SPF ratings (15, 30, 45, etc). The acronym stands for "sun protection factor" and the number is a multiplier. Let's say you're able to go out in the sun without protection and spend 20 minutes in the sun before burning. If you put on sunscreen with an SPF rating of 30, you're now theoretically able to stay out for 600 minutes (mutiplying 20 minutes times 30). Of course, chances are you're going to sweat some of that off or get wet in the pool so don't wait 600 minutes before putting more on.
Want to know more about SPF? Check out the Angie’s List Fun in the Sun sunburn prevention infographic.
Keep a close eye on your skin, especially if you have had bad burns before. Too much sun can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Make sure you know what skin cancer looks like so you can check yourself out and ff necessary, don’t hesitate to see a Denver dermatologist to make sure that your skin is in good shape.