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June 21, 2013

How to Protect Your Family’s Skin from Summer’s Scrapes, Bites and Burns

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — (StatePoint) Afternoons at the pool, family barbecues, outdoor sports and picnics all mean summertime has arrived. With the change in temperature comes additional exposure to the elements and the attendant skin scrapes, bites and burns.

Pharmacy shelves are lined with products to treat these common summer ailments. But with more Americans concerned about using harsh chemicals on their bodies, families are frequently turning to natural alternatives that are just as effective.

To help your family “go natural” in your skin remedies, follow these tips throughout your fun-filled summer.

Bugs

Rather than spraying your yard with products that contain potentially harmful chemicals like DEET and PABA, consider citronella candles. The fragrance should not only keep bugs at bay, but the soft glow sets a pleasant mood for your al fresco meals and parties.

Of course, you can also prevent being bugged all together by avoiding the outdoors during dusk, when mosquitos come out in full force. But when the outdoors calls, try applying a natural insect repellent. For example, JĀSÖN brand Quit Bugging Me! Insect Repellent Spray, is comprised of the active ingredients soybean oil and germanium oil, and is safe to apply on children (with adult supervision).

If you do get bitten, don’t scratch. That can promote infection. Instead, apply a cold compress to the bite. It’s a tried and true inexpensive path to itch relief.

Sunburn

If your yard lacks shade, improve your eco-footprint and create shade by planting a tree or two. You may not be able to reap the shady benefits this year, but you’ll thank yourself in the future. You may also consider building a gazebo or porch overhang for more immediate relief from the sun.

Wear a hat and sunglasses outdoors and apply a sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

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