With the arrival of summer, the good weather arrives and with it the desire to know how to get brown, and to get a nice and excellent natural tan.

For this, the most convenient thing is to know what the best hours to sunbathe, and know what is the most appropriate protection factor according to our skin type.

But, sometimes, especially when you do not follow the basic advice when it comes to skin care, we burn, appearing annoying sunburn.


It is understood by Sun burn redness of the skin, which usually occurs after both exposure to the sun, and another type of ultraviolet light.

In relation to the first signs that tend to appear when we have burned, as we will see later in the section dedicated to the symptoms of sunburn, these are usually red and sensitive skin, skin peeling in burned areas, and blisters that develop hours or days later.

On some occasions, the first signs of a sunburn may not appear until after a few hours.

Symptoms of sunburn

  • Red and sensitive skin.
  • The skin feels warm to the touch.
  • Blisters that can develop hours or days after having burned.
  • In some cases the so-called "solar allergy" can occur, which causes skin rash, or fever, nausea and chills.
  • Skin peels several days after sunburn.

Causes of sunburn

There is no doubt that the cause principal that causes the appearance of Sun burn, as its name suggests, is the excess or unprotected exposure of our skin to the sun.

Explained in a somewhat more accurate way, a sunburn occurs when the degree of exposure exceeds the capacity of melanin (protective pigment of the body) to protect our skin.

How to avoid it

There is no doubt that the best way to avoid the annoying and dangerous appearance of sunburn, is through exposure to the sun at the recommended hours (before 10 o'clock in the morning, and then from 4 o'clock in the afternoon) , and above all with the adequate protection factor.

It does not help to put on a protective cream before sunbathing and then not renew it when a certain time passes or when, above all, we take a bath.

It is always best to avoid sunbathing from 10 o'clock in the morning to 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and use a suitable protective cream according to the type of skin we have ( skin type and protection factor).

Apply the sunscreen half an hour before starting the sun exposure, and always try to renew it every two hours, or at least every time you take a bath.

Luke Bryan - Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset (May 2021)