Applying lotion to the skin, bathing with oatmeal, cooling your face with aloe vera gel... are simple ways to help soothe sunburns quickly.
Applying sunscreen can help protect your skin to some extent. But with hot temperatures up to 40 degrees this summer, getting sunburn is highly inevitable.
Cool water will cool down your skin immediately. Dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale Medical School noted that we should not use a towel to rub the skin vigorously during bathing. Because sunburn skin is very weak skin. You should only use a soft cotton towel to gently pat yourself dry.
If you already have a plan for your trip - when, leave a towel in the freezer. Simply remove the cloth over the heaviest sunburn to soothe it immediately.
Aloe vera gel products have a soothing effect on the skin and vitamin supplements to enhance skin health. In aloe vera gel, there are often vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E that fight dryness, lighten the skin and enhance skin health, and folic acid protects skin cells. If you put the gel bottle in the fridge, then you will feel cool when applying.
An excessive sunburn can destroy that part of your skin. To reduce inflammation, you should provide nutrients for the skin to regenerate itself. According to Dr. Gohara, if you want to speed up this process, you should apply moisturizer with healing ingredients (such as Avène like Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream. It is made of sucralfate, a special ingredient that helps your skin regenerative).
As suggested by Dr. Gohara, soak a cloth in milk and place it on a sunburn to soothe it quickly. Because milk contains vitamins A and D, which help repair damaged cells and lactic acid, a gentle exfoliator will help exfoliate skin peeling off immediately.
Not everyone works hard to prepare oatmeal and milk for bathing, but when your skin gets too sunburned, you can't be lazy. Oats are anti-inflammatory, so they will cool your skin. There are two ways for you to bathe with oatmeal. One is to pour a few cups of oatmeal (and milk) into the tub to soak in. Second, you mix oats with fresh milk into a paste and then apply on the body like a shower gel.
In case of severe sunburn, you can use anti-inflammatory medicine. For the first few hours after your sunburn, take ibuprofens (or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin). Keep using them after 4 to 6 hours until the pain subsides.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the sunburn sucks up fluid on the skin's surface so you will feel thirstier than usual. When getting sunburns, you should drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and skin tingle.
If you have a severe sunburn on your face, temporarily give up your daily skin care routine (exfoliating creams, tonic, masks, acne and anti-aging products). The sun makes your skin sensitive so you can have a rash or blisters if you maintain a routine. In addition, you should stay away from any products that contain lidocaine or benzocaine.
Makeup products will prevent the skin from receiving oxygen and may cause further irritation. So give your skin a break during the severe sunburn.
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