SUMMER IS HERE!
For many of us, it’s the best time of the year. Summer is when the days are longer and the weather is warmer. It is all about vacations, swimming and sailing, Sunday brunch on the patio, concerts in the park, white dresses, sun glasses – the list goes on and on. It’s the time of year when we can wear light clothing and just enjoy being in the sunshine. However, if we are not careful in the sun, despite our best efforts, we can get a painful and damaging sunburn.
During the summer season, the sun’s radiation is the strongest. The UV radiation that sunlight produces can harm your skin by causing a sunburn and the development of free radicals. Large amounts of UV exposure can also cause skin cancer and reduce the ability of your skin to protect itself from infection. Therefore, it is important to use sunscreen to protect your skin from the deleterious effects of overexposure. Make sure to use a sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Despite the use of sunscreen, most people still get sunburned. Below we have provided you with seven tips that can help treat and prevent sunburn:
1. TAKE A COOLING BATH
A sunburn will make your skin feel hot and burnt. Your skin becomes red and hurts when you touch it. Taking a cool bath relieves and eases the pain of sunburn. Avoid using soap and never apply a body scrub to sunburned skin because it will make the blisters/burned marks even worse. Taking a cool bath for 15-20 minutes calms and relaxes your skin. It also prevents further skin irritation. After your bath, dry your skin gently with a soft towel or let it air dry naturally. If you are on the beach, by a pool, or just outside enjoying the sun, and are not able to take a cool bath immediately, grab a towel/washcloth and soak it in cold-icy water. Next, lay it over to the sunburn area and let the cool sensation soothe the skin.
2. USE ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera is probably the best natural remedy available to soothe sunburned skin. It is prevalent and easy to find. Just make a trip to your nearest organic store, garden center or garden section of the home improvement store nearest you. Aloe Vera contains natural Vitamin E and Collagen that cures skin inflammation, moisturizes, and rejuvenates skin. Cut the Aloe Vera horizontally and extract the gel from the plant. Apply the gel with your fingertips, then rub gently and slowly into the burned area. This will give your skin a cooling and soothing sensation. Let the gel dry naturally and do not remove it. Repeat the application until your skin is healed. Aloe Vera will prevent your sunburned skin from being dry, and feeling itchy and irritated.
3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
It is important to drink a lot of water after you get sunburned to hydrate from the inside. Drinking water will help to rejuvenate the skin and accelerate skin recovery. Generally, it is a good idea to drink more water during in the summer because the heat makes you sweat more which can dehydrate your skin.
4. PLACE CUCUMBER DIRECTLY ON THE SKIN
Like Aloe Vera, cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect on the skin. In addition, it has analgesic properties and antioxidant properties. The analgesics help reduce the pain often associated with sunburn, while the antioxidant properties help to fight skin cancer. To get the best results, cut the cucumber into thin-round slices then apply to your face. Let rest for 15 minutes.
5. FREQUENTLY APPLY MOISTURIZER TO SUNBURNED AREA
One of the effects of sunburn is a drying of the skin. The UV radiation depletes the skin of antioxidants and fatty acids, which together maintain the moisture in the skin. Because of this effect, it is important that you moisturize your skin frequently throughout the day. It will soften, soothe, and help heal dry and flaky sunburned skin. One of the best ingredients to help heal sunburned skin is Avocados. Avocado oil is a powerful moisturizer that can penetrate the skin deeper than other oils as well as being a rich source of Vitamin A, B, D and E.
6. KEEP UTILIZING SPF PROTECTION
After you get a sunburn and to prevent further damage, it is important to protect your skin from additional exposure. When you go outside, make sure to wear sunglasses, a hat, and sit under an umbrella. It is also important for you to cover your skin by wearing thin loose clothing made from viscose or cotton. These materials are light, breezy, and breathable so you will be fashionable and protected at the same time. Also, never forget to wear sunscreen: Use at least SPF 15 and make sure to apply it 15 minutes before you go out. Reapply every 1-2 hours.
7. DON’T SCRATCH SUNBURNED SKIN
No matter how tempting it is – resist the urge to scratch the sunburned area! We know how uncomfortable it may be, but itching the area will do more harm than good and can cause further irritation.
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