Category: Beach

Aug 24

Learn How To Treat A Sunburn

How To Treat A Sunburn (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Did all that fun in the sun end with a nasty burn? Let’s get you some relief! You will need:

A Bathtub or Cold, Wet Compresses
Aloe Vera plant or lotion, or Hydrocortisone cream
Aspirin
Sunblock

Optional:

Baking soda or colloidal oatmeal
Acetaminophen or Ibuprophen
Antibiotic ointment

Step 1: Cool off your skin with a cool bath, or cool, wet compresses. If you opt for the bath, add a half-cup of baking soda or several cups of colloidal oatmeal – available at drugstores. Soak for 10 minutes, repeat as often as needed.

Step 2: Apply something soothing, like aloe vera from a plant or a lotion, or 1% hydrocortisone cream. Do not use petroleum-based products or products with Benzocaine. They’ll just lock in the heat.

Step 3: If you’re an adult, take an aspirin. Its anti-inflammatory properties will help relieve the pain. Never give aspirin to children under 16. Give them acetaminophen or ibuprophen instead.

Step 4: Let your skin heal. If blisters form, leave them alone. If they break, use an antibiotic ointment. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about peeling, but a moisturizing lotion can ease any itching.

Step 5: Buy a good sunscreen and a big sunhat, so you don’t get burned again. And, stay out of the sun until your burn has healed!

Did you know? It’s easier to get sunburned at high altitudes, because you’re less protected by the atmosphere!

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Aug 19

Learn How To Build A Cool Sand Castle

How To Build A Cool Sand Castle (courtesy of Howcast.com)

A beachfront home may be out of your price range, but you can always build yourself a swanky sandcastle! You will need:

Sand
Shovel
A bucket
Bottomless circular containers of varying sizes
Sculpting tools

Optional: Spray bottle

Step 1: Pick a good spot! You’ll want to be near enough to the ocean to have easy access to water, but not so close that high tide will destroy your masterpiece. The best spot is just where the dark sand turns lighter.

Step 2: Wet an area of sand large enough for the castle you want to build. Pile buckets of sand on it, wet the sand, and tamp it down. Repeat, until you have a firm foundation. Keep a spray bottle of water handy so you can keep your sand moist. Wet sand is the key to castle building!

Step 3: Start making towers with the help of your bottomless molds. Place the largest in the center of your foundation. Fill it with very wet sand, packed down as hard as you can. Place progressively smaller containers on top, until you have a satisfactory wedding cake-like structure.

Step 4: When all the molds are in place, carefully remove them.

Step 5: Build a wall around the castle by stacking little piles of wet sand. Smooth the sides and tops with the bottom of your shovel.

Step 6: Take a plastic knife and gently cut into the wall, to create a few archways. Use a plastic fork with the middle prongs removed to put the finishing touches on columns.

Step 7: Use your sculpting tools to carve out architectural details, like staircases, windows, turrets and doors

Did you know? The town of Myrtle Beach built a 43-foot tall sand castle in 2007 to attract visitors to the seaside resort!

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