The sun has finally put in an appearance longer than 30mins. It is so easy to get a little carried away and get too much sun in one go, forget to put sun cream on or not re-apply. We are just out of the habit of the sun and sun cream!
If you feel your skin getting hot, then it is time to cool off. If you are by the sea or pool then a quick dip is perfect or just find a shady spot to cool off before more ray catching is just what you need. A cooling breeze lulls you into a false sense of security and you don’t feel your skin getting hot and burning. Sometimes it is not until you have come in or that evening when you notice the redness creep in and you look in the mirror to see a lobster looking back at you with silly strap marks and panda eyes.
Sunburn can be so very uncomfortable and can ruin your holiday, weekend or day off.
Here is our sunburn survival guide:
• Cool you skin as quickly as you can. A cool bath or shower is perfect, or cool damp towel applied to the worst areas will help take the sting out of the burn. Remember not to use any harsh or very perfumed soap/shower gel. After your shower/bath pat dry very gently, you skin will be so very sore! Don’t use ice or ice packs directly on your skin.
• Get moisturising! If you have an after sun cream or lotion apply it now while your skin is still damp. This will help lock in and replenish some moisture the skin desperately needs. It will help prevent the skin drying out and limit the peeling. Creams with Aloe Vera have a cooling effect and are anti-inflammatory, so it is worth stocking up on these.
• Keep up with your water intake. Burns draw water from the body to the surface skin in an attempt to cool itself, this will then have a dehydrating effect on the body. You will need to replace this water.
• If your sun burn is extreme and you blister – DO NOT pop them, this can lead to infection and scarring.
• It is time to seek medical attention if you start to feel sick, dizzy and you develop a headache.
• For the few next days it is best to stay out of the sun, it will take about 7 days for your skin to recover from sunburn. Wear loose clothing so as not to irritate your skin more and let your skin breathe.
Enjoy the sun but do it in moderation with a good full spectrum sun protection and shade!