Days spent at the beach or by the pool is one reason we love summer but sometimes this enjoyment renders one caveat: leaving us lobster hued. Sunburns can be painful and in some cases be accompanied by blisters. Note: If you have blisters and severe swelling, seek medical attention immediately.
But once your sunburn heals and the peeling has stopped, all is good right? Not really. Sunburns can double your chance of developing melanoma later in life but it may take several years for the damage to show up.
So what is a sunburn and how do we get relief?
Simply put, your skin turning red is an indication that your skin has been severely damaged due to extreme UV exposure causing blood vessels to dilate. The skin starts to lose moisture and hydration causing a feeling of tightness. Although our body can cope with minimal amounts of sun damage, the danger happens when our DNA becomes damaged and its repair process is compromised, which can lead to skin cancer.
Application and reapplication of sunscreen is crucial. Ensure you are applying enough- a teaspoon for the face and one ounce shot-glass size for the body- and reapply about every two hours.
Your body is overheated so it’s important to drink a lot of water.
Skim Milk Cold Compress
A cold compress or cloths soaked in skim milk can relieve pain-skim milk is the preferred choice because it does not have any fat content. The protein found in milk binds to the burned skin to soothe the pain.
Aspirin or ibuprofen can slow down the inflammatory reaction.
Application of a 1% hydrocortisone cream may help with sunburn pain and swelling.
Simple DIY Remedy
Plain cold yogurt can be used on sunburned areas. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse off.
Until your skin heals, stay away from the sun, heat, friction and excessive exercise and do not pick at loose skin-it can scar! Avoid exfoliating and keep your skincare regimen simple. The key is to soothe and calm inflammation.
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