It is important to be aware of the dangers of exposing your skin to the sun for too long, and it is equally important to use specially designed products that ensure optimum protection.
There are, however, unexpected situations, in which you expose yourself to solar radiation without using lotion with a suitable protective factor. In such situations, the sun can cause you to become overwhelmed with painful, unpleasant, and quite dangerous sunburns.
It is very important to use at least a SPF30 sunscreen. Also, you can do a few things to improve your condition and accelerate the skin healing process.
There are a number of remedies with rapid effect against sunburns, remedies that will relieve burns, pains and irritation of the skin, while speeding up the healing process.
Quick fixes for sunburn
Drink water – Quite a common recommendation, but a few glasses of water consumed as soon as you notice the burns on the skin will speed up the healing process. Hydration plays an important role in the process of skin regeneration, so the inflammation will soothe if you consume enough water.
Cold water compresses – Cold water compresses applied right on the sunburns relieve the sensation of itching and pain specific to those burns.
Apply a layer of hydrocortisone cream – This type of cream has a calming effect, relieving pain and helping reduce inflammation. You should not massage the skin, but just apply a generous layer of cream every 1-2 hours.
A bath with chamomile essential oil – Fill the tub with warm water and add in plenty of chamomile oil – it has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect on sunburned skin.
Apply cucumber over the burnt area – Use the blender to turn 2-3 cucumbers into puree. Then apply the puree on the burnt skin to relieve pain and hydrate the skin, thus speeding up the healing of your tissues.
Take Vitamin E Supplements – The antioxidant effect of Vitamin E reduces inflammation in the skin. You can take such an supplement 2-3 days, until the burns are completely healed.
Apply yogurt to the burns – Cold yogurt, directly from the refrigerator, applied to skin burns not only has a cooling effect, but also hydrates the skin, thus accelerating the regeneration process.
Use moisturizer every hour – apply a cream or any other moisturizing product you want on your skin, from time to time, to ensure that sunburns heal quickly.
What else can you do to soothe sunburns?
Use lotions or products containing aloe vera to soothe and moisturize sunburned skin. Some products contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that can relieve the pain that usually comes along with sunburns.
Try taking a cold shower or a bath in cold water. Or, you can also try to apply some wet and cold compresses to areas with sunburn. Leave the compresses on the skin 10-15 minutes, applying them several times a day.
Green tea can soothe your skin – Studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea help prevent sunburns when applied to the skin or when consumed regularly. It does not act as a cream that blocks the sun’s rays, but rather protects your skin from inflammation caused by the sun’s UV radiation. Make yourself a cup of green tea, allow it to cool and apply on your skin.