UV exposure can cause skin to age faster and make it more susceptible to skin cancer. That is why to use a sunscreen is very important. But even after using it you may still get such problems like itching and painful sunburn. Experts recommend the following home solutions to reverse the day’s rays.
- Use compresses
Cool the burned place down using a compress with one of the following substances: cold water, aluminum acetate, and witch hazel.
- Consider these Foods
Mix Oatmeal, fat-free milk, cornstarch, yogurt or lettuce with water and apply on sunburn areas. Tea bags might be helpful if your eyelids are burnt. Place the bags in a cool water to decrease swelling and help relieve pain.
- Avoid soap
Soap can dry the burned and irritated skin even more. Take a cool bath instead as an alternative to compresses.
As you’ve really damaged your skin it is necessary to apply a moisturizing lotion that will help your skin to repair quickly. Pat yourself dry after the bath/compresses and then smooth on some bath oil. Let it soak for a minute or two then apply a moisturizing lotion or cream.
- Shop for the Right Skin Care
Consider the following: hydrocortisone, aloe, antibacterial ointment (if you have an infection), anesthetic. These remedies are going to help you fight the sunburns.
- Eat & Drink
Food and drinks play essential role when it comes to your skin regeneration. Make sure to consume e lot of water to protect your skin from drying effects of sunburn. Fruits also contain a lot of water. Eat lightly. A balanced diet provides your skin with all necessary nutrients that help it to regenerate quickly.
- Take It Easy
Don’t panic even if you have severe sunburns. Sprinkle talk powder on the sheets before sleep. It will minimize friction and chafing. If your legs are swollen, elevate them above your heart level to stop swelling even more.
- Go to the Freezer
As sunburns hurts, find something cold in the fridge, wrap it in a damp cloth and hold over the sunburn.
- Beware of blisters
Blisters can be result of a more sever skin damage. If they cover only a small area you may carefully drain them. But do not peel the top skin off. You should just remove the liquid under it.
- Memorize the Rules
To avoid the sunburns apply the sunscreen 30 minutes before going out. Choose a sunscreen that is between SPF 15 and SPF 30.
Take extra care of your skin between 10am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
Wear protective clothing when you are not swimming: hats, long sleeves and tightly woven fabrics will keep the sun off your skin.