Simple tips to Recover Quickly After Sunburn

Ouch! What you thought as a short visit for sunbathing, your skin starts to develop itchy sunburn soon after and boy it didn’t sit well – I mean, people are staring at the awkward patches on your body. Any time that your skin gets exposed to the sun, some may develop a healthy tan (though we don’t agree to the side effects) while another may develop some unsightly burn to the skin. Here’s what you can do to fix it, and provide some impromptu relief.

Sun burn doesn’t just exist as mere patches on your skin; they even cause you pain as well. If you do have constant pain in the affected area, take some pain reliever such as ibuprofen to ease the pain as well as the inflammations produced from the burn. The inflammations can also be reduced by applying some cortisone cream.

Taking a hot shower when you have sunburn is a big no-no as it will irritate your skin further. Your best bet is to keep your skin (particularly the affected area) ‘cool’ at all times. That includes a cool shower/bath, using a cold compress on the burned skin, or simply applying some menthol/aloe vera gel regularly to soothe the skin (it even reduces the chance of the skin to develop infections).

If the skin starts to peel on itself, then it’s safe to do so. Though I don’t mean you can touch the burned skin unnecessarily – you may create skin infections from that habit.

Use the gel all the more if the burned skin starts to develop blisters. And don’t pop it – of course, with sterilised tools – unless the blister too large, or it covers at least 20% of your body, consult your doctor ASAP.

It’s no brainer, but wearing protective clothing is also essential even if you’re not going out. The key is to protect the burned area from extra irritation (as if the skin hadn’t had enough already). Make sure it’s loose and covers up burned skin and you’ll be fine.

And if you do go out, applying a good dose of sunscreen is all the more better. Especially in the sunburnt skin, a dose sunscreen mix with a moisturising lotion will certainly help to soothe and protect your skin.

A burnt skin means you need to up your daily water intake all the more, to speed up the repair and recovery process. No caffeinated drinks, please! Ditch the frappe and switch to green tea for the time being as the tea is packed with a good dose of antioxidants, which is essential for skin repair.

A point to remember here though sunburn is typically can be treated by yourself; if you starts to experience a number of symptoms such as dizziness, chills, or intense pain; you need to seek medical attention, like immediately.

For more tips on how to protect your skin during the summer months read here.

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