THE sun is shining and you’re enjoying a fun-filled day at the park.
But you forgot your sunscreen, and that can only mean one thing – sunburn.
In the UK it’s easy to forget to use lotion, with rain always around the corner it’s not something most of us have on hand.
But when you go out in the sun, it’s important to protect yourself.
You should use a sunscreen with UV protection that has the right SPF value for you – for example, people with lighter skin should use a higher factor, e.g. B. Lotions with a factor of 50.
However, if it’s too late for protection and you’re already feeling a little pink, then there are some hacks to treat the burn.
How can you treat sunburn?
As temperatures soar, many of us Brits tend to overdo it by sporting a bright red glow in the morning after a day in the sun.
Your skin becomes red, inflamed, sore, and hot to the touch.
In extreme cases, blistering and detachment can occur, which can be extremely painful.
you should take everything possible precautions to avoid burning yourself, but if you do, there are a few things you can do to help ease the pain.
1. After sun lotion
There are many aftersun lotions that you can buy at your local pharmacy or supermarket.
They are all specially formulated to soothe the burning sensation and also help repair the damaged skin.
Choose one with aloe vera, as the plant extract is known to soothe burns.
Although these lotions or gels can help repair skin after sun damage, they cannot repair the damage done to your cells.
It’s damage to your cells that puts you at risk for skin cancer, so make sure you always are with sunscreen.
2. Cool it down
Use something cool on your skin to relieve the heat caused by the sun.
A cold compress, ice pack, cold shower, or cold bath can help soothe your skin.
However, never apply ice directly to your skin as it can cause pain and damage. Wrap it in a towel or washcloth first.
You may have to repeat the operations several times depending on how severe the burn is.
Here’s a bizarre one for you.
You could use yogurt to soothe sunburn, but not by eating it.
Apparently, slapping some yogurt on your burned skin can provide some much-needed relief.
It’s not entirely clear why this is, but it’s probably due to the fact that it has a higher pH so it can be used to relieve heat.
Another somewhat insignificant treatment for sunburn is tea.
Again, you don’t have to drink it, just use a cold tea bag or freshly brewed tea – which has naturally cooled – on your skin.
The tannin in black tea is believed to help draw heat from the burn and restore pH to aid in healing.
5. Drink up
When you are sunburned, you also tend to be dehydrated.
Therefore, it’s really important to make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to replace what you sweat out and also what you lose through evaporation from your skin.
Just think, if your skin is sore and dry from the sun, then so is your body.
Also, drinking cool water can help lower your body temperature.
A cold milk compress also relieves sunburn.
Milk contains vitamins A and D, amino acids, lactic acid, fats, whey and casein proteins.
It is these ingredients that help the skin to recover.
Vitamins help skin heal, while lactic acid stimulates skin to shed dead cells so your immune system doesn’t have to work as hard to repair them.
There will also be less inflammation when your immune system isn’t working as hard.
All you have to do is pour some milk into a bowl, put a flannel inside and let it cool in the fridge.
Once the milk has soaked into the cloth and both are cold, take it out and press the flannel into your sunburned skin.
If your sunburn is really bad, you might need a little help to manage the pain.
You can take ibuprofen and acetaminophen to relieve the pain of sunburn.
But be sure to follow the directions on the pack – in general, an adult shouldn’t take more than two tablets every four to six hours.
And if your symptoms are severe — think blistering, swelling, and fever — you should see a GP
There are many over-the-counter creams that will help repair the damage done to your skin.
Things like hydrocortisone cream can help relieve the burning, itching, and swelling.
But like aftersun lotions, they can’t repair the underlying damage to your cells.
Talk to your pharmacist about which cream is best to use.
You’ve seen it used to keep eyes cool during facials, so why not use it on your sunburn.
Cucumbers are believed to have natural antioxidant properties to help cool burns.
You can either slice it up and apply it directly to your skin or mash it up and use it like a cream.
While there’s no scientific evidence that it works, a cucumber will certainly feel nice and cool.
10. Vitamin E
Vitamin E creams are not only fantastic moisturizers, they can also soothe sunburn.
The antioxidant is known to reduce inflammation, something you’ll be thankful for once you’ve caught the sun.
You can either buy a vitamin E cream or oil and apply it directly to the skin, or take a supplement regularly to keep your skin supple.
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