We love the beach, the sand, the sound of the waves and of course – the warmth of the sun. But what happens when we forget to apply sunscreen or when we get sunburn. It hurts, doesn’t look so well and it is not healthy at all. But you can recover your skin from sunburn. There are several ways, check them out:
Remove the pain. First of all you should get rid of the pain. Search a pain reliever, like Ibuprofen or aspirin. These two can help reduce the inflammation and help your skin feel more painless. Be sure that the pain reliever has an anti-inflammatory effect. Tylenol or Panadol does NOT have such an effect.
Drink up. Sunburn often leads to dehydration, which can cause headaches. So drink a lot of water or super-hydrating coconut water.
Take a cool shower. It will soothe the hot skin and will make you feel better. Use a gentle soap to clean properly your skin from the sunscreen, the salty water, sweat or pool water. And be sure that you’ve adjusted the water flow to be gentle and easy, just a sprinkling of water. When you are done with the shower, don’t rub your skin with a towel. Let it air dry.
Make a cold compress. Soak a washcloth in a bowl of milk and ice and then apply to the sunburn for five minutes. Don’t rub your skin! It really works – the milk soothes the inflammation and the cool temperatures makes blood vessels contract, so you’ll be less red and puffy.
Apply aloe cream. The aloe has natural soothing abilities. Keep it in the fridge for a while and then apply to the damaged area. If you don’t have any aloe or aloe cream you can make a homemade anti-inflammatory paste out of aspirin. Simply smash up a few pills until they get into a powder, then add water, just a few drops, until you get a thick paste. Apply the paste to the sunburn area.
Protect your sunburned skin. You should stay out of the sunlight, of course, but if you have to go out you should some protective measures. Apply a thin layer of aloe gel and let it absorb. After that apply SPF 45 sunscreen on top of the aloe gel to prevent any further damage.
Choose the right clothes. You should wear loose cotton clothing over sunburned areas, such as baggy T-shirts and loose cotton pajamas. If you can’t afford to wear loose clothes at least make sure that the clothes you are wearing are made out of natural fabrics, fabrics that will allow your skin to breathe.
You see how complicated it is to recover your skin, so next time you are relaxing under the sunlight, think about the problems you can get and make sure that you’ll prevent such a skin damage. Stay healthy!