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We soak in the sun to get the perfect suntan, but sometimes we stay too long that we forget the downside of tanning, sunburns. While wearing sunscreen religiously is the basic advice to begin with, mistakes happen sometimes when we over-expose ourselves to the sun. The pain of sunburn is without a doubt intolerable, it can totally kill your holiday vibe. Because we know that tolerating your clothes on while your shoulders are burnt is a nightmare, we will share with you essential tips to soothe and heal sunburnt skin.
1. Cool your skin with a cold compress or cool showers.
As often as you can, take cool showers or place a cold compress on sunburnt areas to help soothe the skin. By all means, hot showers are not an option as they will aggravate the highly irritated state of your skin. Also, pat yourself dry gently with a towel and avoid rubbing because when your skin is burnt it becomes more sensitive than it usual is.
2. Avoid using soap
The residues of soap can end up drying the skin and consequently cause more irritation to already burnt skin. Opt for cream body wash or preferably something milder like products made for babies.
3. Load up on aloe vera gel
Aloe vera is the ultimate go-to for sunburnt skin. Known for its miraculous healing properties, aloe vera gel hydrates the skin, heals wounds, and prevents peeling. Also, aloe vera contains aloin, a substance that helps reducing inflammation.
4. Moisturize frequently
After a long day in the sun, your skin needs to retain back its moisture. Sunburns damage the outer layer of the skin and to retain the skin barrier moisturizing is a must. Moisturizers rich in vitamin E and shea butter can be the best picks to help keep the skin soft and moisturized.
5. Soak with milk
This may sound a little strange or surprising, but yes, but pouring milk on burned areas will help repair damaged skin cells as it contains vitamin A and D. Soak a piece of cloth in milk and pat it over burned areas and you will instantly feel your skin getting smoother.
6. Try an oatmeal bath
Known for its anti-inflammation properties, oatmeal helps reducing itching and calming your skin. Fill your tub with cool water and oats and relax while you let this bath work its magic on your skin.
7. Drink a lot of water
Sunburn not only dehydrates your skin but your body too. This is a result of your skin sucking all your body’s fluids to protect itself from drying. Replenish with lots of water to avoid getting your body dehydrated and to help your skin restore its hydration.
8. Wear comfy and loose clothing
Ditch all the tight clothes because the friction of your skin can cause more skin irritation and accordingly an itchy feeling. Wear loose clothes that won’t stick and avoid fabrics that can worsen the condition such as denim.
9. Rethink your skincare products
You might need to make some changes in your skincare routine when dealing with sunburns on your face. Products such as scrubs, toners, and acne medication can aggravate the burning sensation. The same applies to makeup; heavy and thick formulas will prevent your skin from breathing and accordingly will take a longer time to heal.
10. Never pick or peel your skin
No matter what your skin condition is, never peel or pick your skin. Peeling flaky skin can result in discoloration and will get your skin more sensitive.