How can you get rid of Sunburn?
Sunburn can seriously ruin your tanning plans when Summer finally appears.
The first step too treating a sunburn is too, well, get out of the sun. After that, you’ve got to address the immediate side effects, including the stinging, redness, and swelling, but also treat the long-term damage.
In my opinion, “a sunburn is a sign of free-radical damage, which can lead to getting wrinkles much earlier than expected.”
There are bad news & good news for all of you –
Bad news is While the colour may eventually fade, a sunburn causes lasting damage that’s impossible to “get rid” of. Repeated exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun’s rays increases your risk of skin cancer.
Good news is Plenty of home remedies can help promote healing and reduce discomfort in the short term, plus some of the top-tested sunscreens can also help.
As an expert cosmetologist, my advice for treating a sunburn are:
- Take a cool bath or sower – Keep the temperature low and then lather on moisturizer as soon as you get out.
- Apply Aloe – There’s a reason why it’s the go-to after-sun product. Pure aloe vera gel — whether out of a bottle or straight from the plant— contains cooling and soothing properties. It can also potentially promote wound healing.
- Let your skin breathe – Wear loose cotton clothing that allows your skin to ‘breathe’ over the sunburnt areas.
- Use an ice pack or compress – Wrap ice in a cloth before applying it directly to your skin, or soak a washcloth in cold water or milk and place that on the burn. The vitamins and antioxidants in milk can help your skin heal.
- Drink lots of water – A sunburn draws fluid to the skin and away from the rest of the body, Rehydrate by downing plenty of H20.
- Don’t pop any blisters – Severe and widespread blisters require a doctor’s attention, but if you get a few, leave ’em be. Opening them up makes them vulnerable to infection. If they pop naturally, my advise is to cleaning the open wound with mild soap and water and covering it with antibiotic ointment and a bandage.
- Protect against further damage – If you need to go outside again, wear clothing that covers your skin and stay in the shade. Don’t forget to apply lots of sunscreens as well.
- Pain relief – If you’re in pain, analgesia or painkillers can help relieve this and reduce inflammation caused by sunburn.
- See a Doctor – If you’re at all concerned about the possible damage the sun has done to your skin, make an appointment to see your doctor who can assess your skin and advise you appropriately.
Conclusion – While you’re letting your aloe soak in, shop your favourite sunscreens and stash a bottle in your beach bag, car, purse, office and other key spots. Then don’t forget to apply a lot of it, often!
Dr. Vivek Mehta
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