The sun is shining! And we’re jonesing for summertime fun! Many times, we get caught-up in our giddiness and do stupid stuff. Besides the over-indulging in the beverages… meaning, not sunscreening properly or enough.
So, how to de-burn the burn? Nada Ward, founder of Beauty Kin has some advice:
Soothe the Burn:
“I’d recommend using a cold, wet flannel or ice and applying this to the areas where you’ve burnt to help soothe and cool them. After sun lotion is now your best friend, be sure to lather plenty on your skin, especially overnight.”
Lotion which contains Aloe vera works the best for pain relief and soothing the skin as it has anti-inflammatory properties. Or alternatively, you can always opt for pure Aloe vera gel, if preferred. This should help to prevent or soothe any blistering that may occur.
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After suffering sunburn, you need to keep yourself super hydrated. Drink plenty of cold water on a regular basis. If the burn is still causing you pain, some people choose to take over-the-counter pain relief medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
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Treating Peeling Skin:
Once you have got over the initial pain of the sunburn, next comes the dreaded peeling. Yes, it can be very tempting to pick away at the peeling skin, and you may think it’s a good idea to try and exfoliate it away. However, Nada says: “This is never a good idea, as the skin may not be ready to be removed, and this could lead to further pain, or in some cases, the fresh skin below could even become infected.
Continue with cold showers or baths, but ensure you take extra care when drying off, patting yourself dry with a towel rather than rubbing hard, which may remove the dead skin too early. I know it’s frustrating, but trust your body’s natural healing process.”
Once you’ve started to peel, you may think it’s safe to go back in the sun. However, you should try and keep the peeling areas out of the sun. Keep the burn covered up with loose fitting clothing, or if you are planning on going out and about, wear super strength factor 50 sun cream.
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