When the skin burns from the sun, the body’s reaction is to intensify the amount of blood to the traumatised area. It is how the body treats the damage from UV rays and the reason why sunburn looks so raw and red. In this blog, we’re going to look at the best recommendations to treat sunburn and the precautions that can help.
Prevention is always best!
We are only human, and of course, it is easy to forget! However, including suncream in your daily skin routine could be the way forward. It’s not just the sunny beach that stands as a threat; the sun is still prevalent when spending time in the snowy slopes amid winter. Even on your average, cloudy day, the sun is capable of damaging your skin. It is best to use suncream wherever possible, and a good routine is to pop it on after applying your daily moisturiser. For further advice about moisturisers, have a look at our blog The Importance of Moisturisers. Your skin is the bodies largest organ, so give it all the extra love and care you can!
Remove Yourself From Sun-rays
Treatment for sunburn should start right away! As soon as you are aware, get out of the sun. Find a shaded place where your skin is no longer exposed. If this is not possible, try and cover your skin as best as you can to reduce further damage.
Cool Your Skin Down
Relieving your skin from the heat is the next recommendation. Calm it down by rapidly dipping in some water. Whether this is in the shower, bath, pool or sea. If the water is outside, make sure to then get out of the sun promptly. A helpful tip is to apply a damp flannel or towel to ease the burnt area. You can use ice or icepacks wrapped in a towel in the same way, but do not place the ice directly to the skin at any time. If you are moderating sunburn for a child, infant or baby, regulate and keep an eye on their temperature.
Sooth the Skin with Aftersun
For some alleviation from discomfort, use an aftersun cream or spray. The NHS recommends aloe vera aftersun. It is not clear the exact reasons why, but aloe vera has cooling and healing properties, which is an excellent option for sunburn. It is recommended the more natural and water-based the aftersun, the more soothing it will be, so look out for this in the ingredients.
Apply Lots of Moisture Throughout the Day
Whether you want to continue using aftersun or wish to use another moisturiser, regularly applying moisture is essential. If you prefer to use moisturiser, it needs to be soft and gentle. Ideally, a natural moisturiser that avoids any harsh chemicals that may further irritate the burnt skin. Covering the skin’s surface in oil-based products or petroleum jelly should be avoided at all costs as this retains the heat. The most efficient way to apply the moisturiser is while the skin is still slightly wet.
Hydrate Your Body Internally
An effect of sunburn is dehydration. To look after yourself as best as you can after the strain of sunburn, ensure you regularly top up with water. It will also help the skin replenish during the healing process.
Take Action to Reduce the Pain
Sunburn can be extremely uncomfortable. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to moderate inflammation and discomfort. It is best to take them as soon as possible to reduce any swelling at the earliest stage. Pain relief can also be applied directly to the skin through the form of gels.
Don’t Touch It
It is crucial to avoid poking or prodding the damaged skin, especially when it has peeled or blistered. Blistering is the body’s way of protecting the skin and supporting it when repairing. Popping a blister can lead to infections as well as being incredibly painful.
Avoid Further Irritation
Sunburn makes your skin extremely delicate. It is best not to exacerbate it as much as possible. Tight clothing should be replaced with moveable and loose attire instead. Furthermore, avoid applying your usual skin creams if they contain harsh ingredients such as acids. Using natural organic body care products are the perfect way to ensure that you what you’re putting onto your skin won’t cause any further harm. It is essential you look after your skin until it has made a full recovery. Keep it protected from harsh sunlight and use suncream.
When to See a Doctor?
Being critically sunburnt can result in heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Get medical advice if blistering covers a large amount of the body, extreme changes in temperature or are disordered.
Moisturising sun-damaged skin is vital to relieve tightness and assist during the healing process. Check out our best natural organic body care products to make sure you know what is best to apply to your skin if it is burnt by the sun this summer.