Some new products are out claiming to pair with sunscreen to combat burns and long-term sun damage. Some are innovative. Others are goofy. But beware: Some may not be all they’re cracked up to be.
Take for instance Heliocare, the “sunscreen in a pill.” This European product promises to fight UV-rays from the inside out but is just a high dose of antioxidants and should never replace sunscreen.
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• Bald Guyz Sunscreen. Created by “the head bald guy,” founder Howard Brauner, this quick-drying, sweat-resistant gel sunscreen was made just for bald heads, which need protection year-round. SPF 30, $9.99, www.baldguyz.com
TOO LATE? HOW TO TREAT SUNBURN
• Stay out of the sun until you’re healed.
• Drink lots of water and eat antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries and green tea.
• Generously apply aloe or lotion to keep the area moisturized and to prevent peeling. Try Body Drench Skin Therapy, a cool menthol, hydrating gel with vitamins A and E ($18, available at beauty supply stores and salons).
• Lay a cool compress or cloth on the burned skin and avoid hot showers.
• Do not pick or pop blisters.
• Take aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.