The Best and Worst Sunburn Remedies, According to a Dermatologist

IF the lactic acid in fact does something for you, then the doc goofed again, as there’s very little lactic acid in milk – unless you use sour milk! Milk contains lactose (a sugar) and casein (a protein) and fat, but that’s about it. Bacteria that can metabolize lactose by fermentation produce lactic acid – this is why yogurt, keifer or just plain soured milk tastes sour.

BUT, I doubt very much that lactic acid does anything to remove dead skin. Lactic acid is a very mild acid, and even in yogurt or sour milk, it’s very dilute. If it could seriously remove dead skin, you’d notice some exfoliating effect from spilling yogurt on the dead outer layers of your un-burned skin, which is certainly not the case.

The cool milk is soothing and moisturizing, which is fine, but let’s not roll out the pseud0-science to make it sound like some kind of dermatological breakthrough. Noxzema or any mild lotion would have the same effect.

I use aloe gel, but I make sure to get the 100% pure variety – many of them contain alcohol or other crap that makes sunburns worse.

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How to Prevent Sunburn When You’re Cycling

The signature ‘cyclist’s tan’ may help you recognise fellow roadies, but long days cycling in the sun can have a more serious impact. Studies from Cancer Research UK found the amount of men and women dying from skin cancer has increased in the last three decades, suggesting that we fail to treat our skin with the respect it deserves when it comes to sun damage.

Source: How to prevent sunburn when you’re cycling

The article fails to mention that there are sweat-proof sunscreen lotions available.  The jury is still out on whether sunscreen even helps with respect to skin cancer, as roughly a third of reported cases occur in non-exposed portions of skin (potential indication of genetic predisposition).

Switch to Coconut Oil for Its Fat-Burning Properties

What really takes the (coconut) cake is that [coconut oil is] super affordable—a 14-ounce jar can cost as little as $7, making it the most wallet-friendly all-in-one product yet. Seriously, it’s a beauty product, household cleaner, and more. Check out these 76 ways to use coconut oil in your day-to-day life.

Source: 76 Genius Coconut Oil Uses

I had to look – there is vitamin K in coconut oil, but very little:

  • 1 cup/218 grams of coconut oil contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K, 1% of the Daily Value (DV)

Looking at the other nutritional “value” the article claims – 0.1 mcg of iron for 1 cup of coconut oil is 0% DV.  And 2% DV of vitamin E.  Coconut oil has a lot of calories, from fat.

A “Base Tan” Won’t Protect You From Sunburn as Much as You Think

In a quest for a perfect tan, many people – especially young white women between age 18 and 25 – may head to a tanning salon, using tanning booths, sunbeds and sunlamps to kick-start their tan. Others (including people who are more prone to burn instead of tan) may head to the salon to slowly develop a “base tan,” with the mistaken belief that it will prevent a sunburn. For many consumers of indoor tanning salons, this approach offers what they believe to be a safer alternative to outdoor tanning. But here’s the thing: indoor tanning is just as damaging to your health as lying out in the real sun.

Source: Think indoor tanning is a safer alternative to sitting in the sun? Think again

It’s no joke – a woman posted selfies demonstrating what it looks like.  And it does not matter what colour your skin is.  I found a good explainer here from the Skin Cancer Foundation. The darker your skin, the higher natural SPF you have to start with. The question of skin cancer risk gets kind of complicated, and it’s not just about sunlight, but the bottom line is they recommend sunscreen for everybody.

Truth be told – Eating your vegetables will give you a better tan than fake baking.  Mine faded over time, but did last into the summer.