“ Brand: Hawaiin Tropic / Type: Sun Care „
It is ironic that while we were away in Florida this summer, the UK experienced its hottest July day for one hundred years. We were not immune from the extremes of weather either and were acquainted with the vagaries of the Bermuda High. First it was a tropical wave which caused sustained thunderstorms and up to six inches of rain each day whilst temperatures remained a rather cool low 80s F. Then the wave cleared the state and was replaced with dry hot air from the Bahamas. Mid afternoon temperatures went up to the mid 90s F with a relative humidity of below 50%. The heat index around the pool was 107ºF. We brought with us two sun screens which had sun protection factors of 20 and 30 which we have used frequently and liberally whenever skin was likely to be exposed. We tried to avoid the most intense of the sun's rays (between 1pm and 5pm) and have covered up with shirts or tops after 30 minutes or so of exposure. Even with these precautions I developed a very mild case of sunburn: a small triangular patch on the bridge of my nose and forehead (this was caused by reflection from my metal framed spectacles), over the tops of both shoulders and over both shins. Although this has caused some temporary discomfort which probably did not require treatment, it has prompted me to contemplate this topic further and also to review this, the third product in my tropical kitbag. SUNBURN Burns are classified according to the depth of the skin which has been affected. First degree (superficial partial thickness) burns affect only the superficial layer, the epidermis. Typically the area is pink and painful with some local swelling. The skin remains soft without blistering although there may be some superficial peeling. Healing occurs without scarring within three to five days. The second degree (deep partial-thickness) affects the epidermis and the underlying dermis. Superficial second-degree burns may be pink to bright-red in colour. Deeper burns appears dark red to mottled yellow-white. Both may blister. The level of pain suffered depends on the degree of damage to the skin nerves. Healing time depends on the depth of damage. It may take up to six weeks and can cause scarring. The third-degree (full-thickness) burn damages the epidermis and dermis. The skin may become pearly white or charred. Nerve endings are destroyed and the area is not painful. Treatment consists of excision of the destroyed tissues and skin grafting. Scarring is inevitable. SELF TREATMENT OF MINOR SUNBURN Most sunburn is a first degree burn but when severe blistering occurs may represent a superficial second degree burn. Extensive blistering and lack of pain can be bad prognostic signs as are dizziness, faintness and collapse. These symptoms may require formal medical attention, even hospitalisation. Self treatment consists of pain relief (analgesics by mouth or applied to the skin), keeping cool (staying indoors in air conditioning, taking cool showers), keeping hydrated (drinking plenty of non-alcohol fluids) and soothing the skin. HAWAIIAN TROPIC: THE COMPANY AND THE RANGE 'Ron Rice, who founded Hawaiian Tropic, was originally became a teacher. On a trip to Hawaii he saw women on the beach using natural oils to protect their skin. Having looked in vain all his life for a product that would shield his extremely fair skin from the sun, Ron was determined to create a product that would allow him and others to achieve a tan like the native Hawaiians. With $500.00 borrowed from his father, Ron set up business in his garage. He mixed coconut, avocado, kukui and other secret natural oils in a garbage can, bottled the formula and set out to sell it. "I had an old Ford Mustang convertible that the salt air had just eaten apart. I drove to pool decks and lifeguard stands and sold my original suntan product. I was obsessed," Rice says. The new product caught on immediately--no one had ever heard of a natural tanning formula before!' [Abridged from the Hawaiian Tropic web site] Hawaiian Tropic advertises an astonishing range of 36 suncare products divided into a variety of categories. There is the Sun Protection range with lotions and an oil that contain sun protection factors (SPF) between 15 and 70. There are formulations specifically for the children (Baby Faces - SPF 50; Kids Splash - SPF 30; Barbie SPF 50 and 30). There is an oil-free water and sweat resistant Sport block. There are 'Tanning Amplifiers' which have little SPF but do have carrot extracts (beta carotene) which can boost the tan colour. There are three Lipcare Lip Balm sunblock lipsticks (SPF 45) with Aloe Vera extract and cocoa butter in Original Tropical, Citrus and Vanilla Mint flavours. There is even a lotion for use of sunbeds!! They also produces a range of five after sun care products in pump action dispenser packs ranging from an Aloe Vera Gel, Cooling sunburn gel and skin moisturisers. HAWAIIAN TROPIC I.C.E. WITH LIDOCAINE Hawaiian Tropic Cool Aloe I.C.E. with Lidocaine Burn Relief Gel Extra Strength - to give the product it's full title (herewith HT Lido) is packaged in a clear plastic squeezy bottle topped with a red cap. The front of the bottle has moulding which hints of a cresting wave. The contents are an intense turquoise blue shot through with suspended bubbles. In use, the gel is quite viscous. It has a faint but pleasant aroma - initially smelling slightly of liquid soap but this is overtaken by wafts of menthol. The feel on the skin - even the scorched parts - is of coldness (I.C.E. stands for Instant Cooling Effect). The gel is absorbed into the skin quite quickly leaving a slightly sticky but lubricating film which persists for about fifteen to twenty minutes. Pain and irritation is relieved after ten minutes or so and this effect lasted for three to four hours. The rear labelling is comprehensive, listing indications and directions for use, warnings and ingredients. As this is an American product the latter is exhaustive. The active constituent is Lidocaine 0.8%. This is a local anaesthetic agent which provides the pain relief. There are 27 'inactive' ingredients including alcohol (12%), menthol (together they produce the I.C.E.), allantoin, extract of Aloe Vera, various flower and fruit (mango, guava and papaya) extracts and colourings. Allantoin (which is an excretory by-product of all mammals except for man and the higher apes!! - but which is now manufactured for human use) is added to many cosmetics to soften skin and encourage new cell generation. Aloe Vera has long been used to sooth burned or irritated skin. Vitamins A and E are also added to aid healing and for their anti-oxidant properties. USAGE AND WARNINGS HT Lido should be applied directly to the burned area in small quantities three or four times a day. It is not suitable for children under the age of two years. Local anaesthetics applied topically to the skin are generally safe but may cause allergic or hypersensitivity reactions. It is advised to test a small area of skin before embarking on use. There is also a possibility of increased absorption through raw skin or open wounds. It should not be allowed to come in contact with the eyes and mucous membranes (mouth, nose, "sensitive" parts). It should also be used with cautin in other chronic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. COMMENTS So I treated my own sunburn with HT Lido. As noted above, rubbing in the gel is not unpleasant. The slight stickiness soon disappears and pain relief and irritation is happily quick. Unlike other sun products from this manufacturer HT Lido is only lightly perfumed and the user to not have to wallow in an aura of pina colada for the duration. I continued the application four times a day for three days. After that the redness was subsiding and the pain had gone. My skin did not blister or peel and I brought home a very modest tan. This is a product that I can thoroughly recommend and complements the other items in my 'tropical' kitbag (sunscreen and insect repellent). If all your precautions and safeguards have not protected you from the acute effects of the sun, here is the relief from the pain, swelling and irritation of the burn. It moisturises and may also help healing. It has also proved useful in the management of insect bites, other minor burns and scalds and nettle rash. As a temporary relief it can also help the pain and swelling from a twisted or arthritic joint. AVAILABILITY Hawaiian Tropic Cool Aloe I.C.E. with Lidocaine Burn Relief Gel Extra Strength: 12oz (340g) bottle - $6.49 (About £4.50) Publix, Walgreens (and major supermarkets and pharmacies) POSTSCRIPT Weather forecasting in Florida is usually accurate and highly focussed. A TV update in Orlando covers an area of about fifty square miles. Although we tourists can expect hot sun and thunderstorms, a little attention to the underlying details can give you a shrewd idea of what is coming your way and when. The way in which tropical storms develop, the trajectory of their path and the strength of wind are influenced by a complex interaction of barometric pressure, water and air temperature, and relative wind speeds in the upper and low atmosphere. The mildest disturbance is the tropical wave - which may be a very slow moving area of low pressure but which can deposit large quantities of rain as it passes. The next is the tropical depression which registers maximum wind speeds of 38mph. The third is the tropical storm where wind speeds may reach up to 74 mph. The highest level is the hurricane. A category 1 storm has sustained winds in excess of 74 mph; a category 5 storm in excess of 156 mph. The Bermuda High is an area of high pressure which develops over the central Atlantic during the summer months. Its main effect on Florida's weather is that tropical systems which cross the ocean from east to west are pushed firstly along its southern edge and then deflected northwards along its western edge. In years when the Bermuda High spreads further west than usual (as in 2004 and 2005) hurricanes are more likely to be directed onto land or up into the Gulf of Mexico. When the High is less developed systems will tend to spill over the Bahamas and stay off the Atlantic seaboard. The weather really has been bizarre - and against all predictions the tropics remained quiet right through the season. Can't blame it for the persistent warm autumn in the UK though! Now that El Nino is developing again, who knows we might need more of products like this over here in years to come.
Relieve sunburned skin with the soothing effects of all-natural Aloe Vera / The combination of this natural healer with Vitamins and tropical extracts helps prevent peeling and temporarily relieves the pain of sunburns /