Quick sunburn relief - Sunburn treatment and remedies
How To Deal With Sunburn
Cut The Chemicals
You may not be able to reverse the effects of sunburn but you can help the healing process along. While your skin attempts to repair the damage, avoid any chemicals or abrasions usually in your grooming regime.
That means cut the scrubs and anything with alcohol or synthetic fragrances in – these will only dry the skin out and irritate it further. Instead, look for natural products packed with ingredients such as soothing menthol or aloe vera.
Know Your Home Remedies
Everyone is a doctor in this day and age and there are far too many old wives’ tales to list here. When it comes to hunting out home remedies, stick to the few trusted ones. Black tea is well known for packing an antioxidant punch. Use soaked and cooled bags to calm burnt eyelids or make a pot and allow it to cool before applying to larger areas using a cloth. Similarly, adding ground oatmeal to a bath can help set aside irritation.
Unless a well-known remedy, what you find in the dark corners of forums can do more harm than good. Some suggest spraying vinegar-based mixes on the skin, however this will only dry the skin out when it is in most need of moisture.
Over The Counter
In the more serious cases it may be necessary to seek professional advice. Should things like blistering occur it is worth having a chemist take a look. While you’re there pick up some aloe vera gel – there’s a reason it’s often touted as the “burn plant”.
For extra effect, keep it in the fridge so when applied it will reduce the temperature of the skin and prevent peeling while also delivering a soothing “ahhhh”.
Holland & Barrett Aloe Vera Gel, £4.29
Choose Clothes Carefully
Unfortunately, sunburn isn’t a welcome excuse when calling in sick. The embarrassment (and pain) of braving the outside world can be reduced with a few tricks. Favour function before form and wear soft, loose fitting clothes – linen over denim, cotton espadrilles (not to work) instead of leather Oxfords – while healing.
When it comes to colour, the darker the better. Bright shades, and white in particular, will make the redness stand out like… well, a sunburnt person.
Ride It Out
Sunburn can induce hungover-like vows to never return to the beer garden again. But much like a hangover, sometimes you just have to ride it out.
Stay hydrated (drink at least two litres of water a day), resist the itch, don’t pick or burst blisters and stay in the shade until fully healed.
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