Who doesn’t want to lie all day long on a sandy, gorgeous looking beach and deep blue water in the horizon, doing some tanning – hoping there won’t be any sunburns?
Warm weather, tender breeze that it is chilling you up, making you forget that you are actually on the Sun…
Whatever suntanning can bring you as a health benefit, if you overdo it, you will taste the other side of the coin.
Yes, unfortunately, we all had such experience and it isn’t something to be proud of, and that is why we are dedicating this subject to avoid sunburns or, if you already have them- what not to do and how to treat them naturally.
What you should not do?
First of all, you should avoid wearing tight clothes, because your skin needs to breathe after a heavy sunburn. As your skin appear to be traumatized over too much sun exposure, the blood flow is significantly increased in those areas.
Your body started its own healing process.
If you wear tight clothes, it could amplify the response, leading to more intense swelling and blisters occurrence.
Let your skin breathe and heal itself.
Don’t interrupt the process by wearing tight close(you will avoid prolonged pain suffer however).
As it appears that all burns draw fluid towards the skin and away from the rest of the body, it is necessary to hydrate more if you are experiencing sunburns.
Make sure you take daily recommendations of water intake, as well as natural juices or fruits by itself.
Aloe Vera Help
Aloe Vera is great for soothing skin inflammation, but you should use it as a natural product and not scented one. If you use scented gel, you might irritate your skin sunburns even more.
The best solution is if you could use aloe directly from an aloe plant and applied onto the skin. The natural way is much better.
Don’t Peel The Skin Off
When you notice the first signs of skin peel, it means that your skin is recovering from the sunburns. Live it alone, and don’t peel it.
Let it flake naturally.
The only thing you can do here is to moisturize well with some quality skin product. It will improve the sunburns appearance and help the skin exfoliate naturally and more evenly.
Forget About Make Up On Sunburns
Sunburns look bad, but it doesn’t mean that you have to cover them up with any make up. They will heal faster if you let them breathe.
Don’t stop that healing process.
If you still want to apply some make up on sunburns, then, you should be aware that you impose to a risk of getting skin infection from dirty sponges, brushes and not to mention an allergic reaction to it.
Avoid this at any cost!
You are already aware that sunburns hurts like hell and naturally, you don’t like to touch those spots. Why would you try to exfoliate your skin?
If you do so, you should be aware that many exfoliating products, especially the ones which contain glycolic acid, retinoid or salicylic acid, are extremely damaging, especially when it’s in a vulnerable state.
Pay a close attention, and once your skin has stopped peeling, you should wait for about 3-4 days before using any of these products.
The worst thing to do ever!
Those skin bubbles serves as a protector of the wound, and once the skin heals, they will go away. If a blister hurts like hell, sooth the pain by applying a cream-based unscented Aloe Vera gel.
Don’t pop them because you will only worsen the situation!
Don’t Use Alcohol Based Skin Products
It is known that alcohol strips away the natural skin oils and when applied over a healing burn, alcohol will decrease your skin ability to heal itself.
That is why you should avoid these type of products because they will do more harm than good.
If you desperately want to tan, at least do it smart way. Apply skin care protection and keep re-applying if you are all day long at the beach.
Choose a sunscreen with an ingredients list showing a high concentration of zinc oxide (around 9% or 10%), which will be soothing the skin.
These are most common sunburn symptoms that you might experience over too much sun exposure:
- Pain and/or itching
- Changes in skin color, ranging from pink to red and even purple
- Skin that feels hot to the touch
- Fluid-filled blisters that may itch and eventually pop or break
- Broken blisters that peel to reveal even more tender skin beneath
If you have experiencing sunburn, note that your skin will change its color within 2-6 hours of being burnt and the color change will continue to develop for up to 72 hours.
First Aid In Sunburns
- Place a cold compress for sunburn relief
- Take a cool shower or bath to cool your sunburned skin
- Soak in an oatmeal bath, as it is especially helpful for itchy sunburned skin
- Add one cup of apple cider vinegar to a bath to help balance the pH (acid or alkalinity) of sunburned skin, and promote healing
- Add 2 cups of baking soda to the bath to help ease irritation and redness from sunburn
- Add some lavender or chamomile essential oil to the bath to help relieve some of the pain
- Avoid soap or perfumes in the bath water as these can be drying on already dry and sunburned skin
- Use lotions that contain Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturize sunburnt skin
- Drink lots of water, juice or sport drinks as your skin is dry and dehydrated
- Apply a cool compress containing Burow’s solution to comfort and soothe a sunburn
- Topical over-the-counter (OTC) 1% hydrocortisone cream may help relieve sunburn symptoms like pain, itch, and swelling
- Apply cool but not cold milk with a clean cloth to your sunburned skin. The milk will create a protein film that helps ease sunburn discomfort. Yogurt can do as well.
- Use cucumbers as they are proven to have natural antioxidant and analgesic properties. Chill them and mash in a blender to create a paste, and apply it to affected sunburned areas including the face. Cucumber also can be soothing for peeling skin following a sunburn.
- Boil and mash some peeled potatoes, let them cool and apply as a dressing to sunburned areas. It is believed that the starch in the potatoes helps draw out heat, which can reduce pain and speed healing.
- Some cornstarch can also be used as a mixture with water to form a paste that can be applied to skin to help soothe the sunburn.
- Witch hazel when applied to the skin can help reduce inflammation, and can help relieve sunburn
- Once the initial sunburn has calmed down, coconut oil can be used as a skin moisturizer. Do not use coconut oil as sunscreen as coconut oil does not provide any sun protection factor (SPF) or provide any UV protection, so you are more likely to get sunburned if you use coconut oil in place of sunblock with SPF.
- Go into a shady spot and stay there until your sunburn fades. Exposure to more sunlight will only make things worse.
As you can see, your pleasure can give you much pain, therefore, the best prevention is to avoid sun exposure at day time when it is at its high peak.
You can still sun tan, but to it smart way!
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