10 WARM WEATHER BOO-BOOS
AND HOW TO TREAT THEM “AU NATUREL”
Go “au naturel” by stocking the medicine cabinet with Calendula and Arnica topicals. Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, offers these two multi-purpose first aid essentials as creams, gels and ointments. The creams moisturize and are best for sensitive skin. The gels are cool, refreshing, and readily absorbed. The ointments stay on the skin longer and are best for conditions that take longer to heal like sprains and chapped hands. To help distinguish the difference between Calendula and Arnica, and their different forms, Boiron offers the following 10 tips for common traumas and injuries associated with summer, travel, and kids.
Even if you’re prepared for sunburn, you should still use common sense and protect yourself with sunscreen and a hat. But if you’ve fallen asleep in the sun and turned as red as a lobster, try Boiron’s new Calendula Cream. This new formula is specially suited for conditions that require moisturizing the skin.
2. Barbeque burn
Minor burns that occur in the kitchen and around the outdoor grill may need more time to heal than minor sunburn. Use Calendula Ointment because it adheres to the skin longer for prolonged action.
3. Sandal blisters
Those new sandals may look comfortable, but your feet just aren’t used to those straps. If a blister should arise, don’t pierce it. This exposes the skin to infection. Most blisters heal naturally, but for a speedier recovery, apply Calendula Ointment to the blister and cover with a band-aid.
4. Dry skin
Skin is exposed more to the elements during warm weather. From feet in open shoes to lips dried out from sun, convertible rides, and chlorinated pools, use Calendula Cream. Try rubbing Boiron’s new cream into cracked heels and using it as a lip balm.
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5. Insect bites
These are hard to avoid, unless you hide indoors. Calendula Gel is specially suited to provide cool and soothing relief from stinging skin irritations.
6. Minor cuts
Most kids can’t seem to get through the day without a cut or scraped knee of some sort. This is true during summer days as well as on the playground when school is back in session. Both kids and accident-prone adults slicing veggies for grilled kabobs will appreciate non-stinging Calendula Cream.
Falling from trees and playground equipment is a childhood rite of passage. Arnica Cream promotes the healing of these ouches and is specially suited for sensitive skin such as faces. Also during the season of warm weather fashion, women who bruise easily will value this smooth cream that reduces bruise discolorations.
8. Sore muscles
Seasonal gardening and home improvement projects will give hibernating muscles quite a workout. Arnica Cream is particular good for massaging into sore muscles after those first few sunny-weather outings.
9. Sports injuries
Kids of all ages who engage in impact sports such as mountain biking or endurance sports such as cycling will benefit from Arnica Gel. Professional athletes often rely on Arnica Gel that is readily absorbed and provides cool, soothing relief.
10. Bike/rollerblade fall
Here’s a trick question: Should Calendula or Arnica be applied after a fall that has caused both bruising and open wounds? The answer is use both Arnica Gel and Calendula Cream, but in a specific way! Avoid applying Arnica to broken skin while treating conditions under the skin: bruises, sore muscles, or stiffness. Gels are absorbed quicker and are better for hard impacts. Use Calendula for open wounds and other skin irritations. The moisturizing formula of a cream is better for cuts and won’t sting.
Just remember Arnica in blue packaging is for bruises and Calendula in red packaging is for cuts. Seek professional medical advice for serious or persistent conditions.