All you want is fresh and beautiful skin to show off on the beach during your summer vacations. However nice and warm sunshine can be, you still risk getting sunburnt. Unfortunately, getting rid of your sunburned skin isn’t that easy. The good news is that you can still learn how to treat your sunburn and appear better for the rest of your vacation. Let us take a look below to learn about homemade sunburn treatments.
How does sunburn occur?
According to dermatologists, when your skin is overexposed to sunlight, it gets an inflammatory reaction to ultraviolet radiation. This causes damage to your skin’s outermost layer and results in sunburn. Also, your skin becomes more prone to sunburns when you do not protect it with clothes and SPF sunscreen. Other efficient techniques to protect your skin from strong sun rays are to avoid peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm and reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours.
Homemade tips for your sunburn
There is no magic treatment for sunburns as it occurs in minutes and takes weeks to recover from fully. But, believe me, the tips below will soothe your burns and help you heal. After that, you will look healthy and comfortable for your remaining holidays.
- Get out of the sun.
To start with, if you feel a burning sensation on your skin, you need to get out of the sun and move to an air-conditioned room. Then, cover the burnt area of your skin with light protective clothing. Do not forget to wear your hat when you have to go out. Also, avoid sun exposure until your sunburn is completely healed.
- Cool down your skin.
Reduce the uncomfortable burning pain by taking a cool shower. But, it should be a quick rinse without soap. Then, gently pat yourself dry and leave your skin slightly damp. Another way to cool down your skin is to apply cold compresses over the affected areas. For example, a wet towel can provide immediate relief to your sunburns. Remember you can use ice in your compress, but you should avoid applying it directly to the sunburned skin.
- Keep your skin moisturized.
Consider moisturizing your skin to reduce the effects of your sunburn. Since your burnt skin would still be sensitive to some chemicals in commercial moisturizers, it would be better to apply natural balms. For this, aloe vera gel would be perfect because of its natural cooling and hydrating properties. In addition, it would help if you avoid products such as Neomycin and Benzocaine since they are known to cause allergic reactions, which will only worsen your wounds with more inflammation and blisters.
- Take medicines for pain and inflammation.
You can provide relief to your burning pain by taking OTC analgesics such as Advil or Motrin. This medicine also works well for inflammation, ensuring a reduction in redness and swelling of your skin.
- Drink lots of fluids
After sun exposure, your body gets dehydrated because of its heat. However, sunburns cause further dehydration by pulling fluid from your body towards your skin’s surface. So, an excellent way to counter the risk of dehydration is to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Resist the urge to Peel
After a few days, it is normal for your sunburnt skin to start to peel, which is part of its healing and regeneration process. Do not peel the skin yourself since you could expose your raw skin to infection and delay the healing process! I was always gentle with my sunburnt skin during the last summer vacations; thus, it did not take time to heal! From now on, I will take all the precautions needed to avoid sunburns.
When to seek emergency care?
Up till now, we’ve talked about how to care for your sunburn when it is mild. But sometimes, your sunburn can be severe and might need emergency medical treatment. When you see these signs and symptoms, you should consult a doctor.
- Nausea or vomiting
- Severe pain
- Painful or gritty eyes
- Blisters in delicate areas like the face
- Blistering that covers a large skin surface
Do you have any other tips for dealing with sunburns? Leave them in the comments below.